News: Lauryn Hill's Baby Daddy Prepared For Her Prison Bid: "I Will Be There For My Kids"

Monday, May 13, 2013 7:49AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

A week after Fugees member Lauryn Hill learned she would have to serve three months behind bars on a tax evasion conviction, her children's father Rohan Marley said he is fully prepared to step up.

According to Marley, he is more than willing and ready to make sure their kids are taken care of while Hill completes her time.

Lauryn Hill's 5-time baby daddy Rohan Marley says he plans to STEP UP his parenting during Lauryn's upcoming 3-month stint in federal prison ... telling TMZ, "I will be there for my kids." Hill and Marley dated for 13 years -- but never married -- and since they split in 2009, Lauryn has done the lion's share of the child-rearing. The kids range between the ages of 5 and 15. Rohan tells us he's always been involved in his children's lives ... but says, "I will be there even more while she is dealing with this ... to make sure that everything is fine." We're told ... Lauryn and Rohan agreed that the kids will primarily stay with family members, with Rohan getting involved as much as he can. (TMZ)

A few days ago, Hill penned an open letter thanking supporters like Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys and more for writing letters to a judge in light of the publicized tax case.

"I want to extend a sincere thank you to the following people, who wrote letters to the judge on my behalf: Linda Banks, Edison, NJ Davonne Breedlove Binna Choi, Beijing, China Hafiz Farid, East Orange, NJ Miriam Anne Banks Farrakhan, Union, NJ Vincent Gardner, New York, NY Michael Green, Fair Bluff, NC Elitta Harden, Ft Worth, TX Mrs. Valarie Hill, South Orange, NJ Maureen Hogan, Jersey City, NJ Walter Jones, New York, NY Alicia Keys Elena Lau, Toronto, Canada Jerald Miller, New York, NY Tracy Morris, Jacksonville Beach, FL Elise Munoz, France Bunmi Olukoya, Laurel, MD Jimmie Pierre, Trenton, NJ Cherisse Pittman Gabrielle Fulton Ponder, Atlanta, GA Dominique Reese, Oakland, CA Chris Schwartz, Philadelphia, PA Ashley Scott, Brooklyn, NY Derek Singletary, Astoria, NY Dr. Sara Tai, Manchester, UK Suzette Williams, Teaneck, NJ Lisa Willis, Philadelphia, PA Stevie Wonder Jonathan Wunderlich, Cabarete, DR" (Lauryn Hill's Tumblr)

She also thanked fans for their support and promised to write more in a future post.

"And thank you Jerald Miller, for taking the initiative to put this together. I also want to thank all of my family, friends, business associates, and fans who have called, emailed, sent texts, and posted messages of concern, encouragement, and support. I appreciate the well wishes, and I thank you for your prayers. Also, to anyone who may have written letters that we did not know about, thank you also, all of you. I will have more to say soon, but did not want to further delay expressing my appreciation. Thank you again, MLH" (Lauryn Hill's Tumblr)

Despite the strong backing, Lauryn still received three months in prison and home confinement a week ago.

Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday in New Jersey to 3 months in prison on federal tax charges. Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. A judge two weeks ago said Hill had paid only about $50,000 of more than $500,000 she owes. She faced up to a year in prison on each of three counts. Her attorney was seeking probation for her. (ABC Local)

There is no information on how soon Lauryn Hill will begin her jail sentence.

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