Lauryn Hill tax-dodge charge; Poe under fire; Trump blasts Miss Pa.

Lauryn Hill, 37, the former Fugees singer and a five-time Grammy winner, is in trouble with the IRS, charged with willfully failing to file income-tax returns. PATRICK SEMANSKY / Associated Press
Lauryn Hill, 37, the former Fugees singer and a five-time Grammy winner, is in trouble with the IRS, charged with willfully failing to file income-tax returns. PATRICK SEMANSKY / Associated Press
Posted: June 08, 2012

Singer Lauryn Hill is facing the wrath of the federal government: The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, N.J., has charged the former Fugees singer with three counts of willfully failing to file income-tax returns. The IRS says Hill, 37, best known for her '98 solo record, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, never paid taxes on more than $1.6?mil she made over a three-year period. Hill, who lives in South Orange, N.J., must appear in federal court June 29. She faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count.

‘Talent' hopeful lied about service?

Country singer Michael Poe wowed the crowd Monday on NBC's America's Got Talent with his war tales. The Army sergeant said that he served for 14 years and that he sustained back and brain injuries in an '09 grenade incident in Afghanistan.

Or did he? E! News reports that Poe's claims have been called into question by military reps. "Sgt. Poe's official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat," Lt. Col. Kevin Olson told E!.

Olson says Poe served in the Minnesota National Guard from December 2002 to May 2011 as a supply specialist and was in Afghanistan for one month in '09.

Poe tells TMZ his injuries are real, saying that many injuries go unreported. He would not produce medical records to back up his claim. NBC is staying mum, while an unnamed Show Insider says contestants receive thorough screenings only when they reach the Top 48. Has Poe made the cut? We don't know.

Trump to Miss Pa.: Apologize!

Donald Trump says he's thisclose to filing a defamation lawsuit for "massive damages" against former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin, 27, who gave up her crown this week charging that the Miss USA contest was rigged.

Monnin, a Pittsburgh gal who has a master's degree in psychology and wants to earn a doctorate in theology, said a fellow contestant knew who the top 5 finalists would be Sunday, hours before they were ostensibly selected on live TV.

Trump's lawyer tells TMZ that Monnin can avoid a suit if she apologizes for "her utterly baseless claim that the Miss USA pageant results were predetermined."

Trump told NBC's Today that Monnin was bitter she didn't win. "I did see her for about a second," he says. "I never felt that she had a chance, and all this is is buyer's remorse.''

Tidbits 'n' pieces

A fashion model was arrested in Paris after returning $200,000 in jewels stolen from rocker Axl Rose. The unnamed suspect tells cops she doesn't know how the baubles ended up on her.?... “I am saddened by the end of my marriage to Mike Verta," says The Wonder Years alum Danica McKellar, 37, who has filed for divorce from Verta. They have a year-old son, Draco.?... Prince William has passed rigorous testing and has qualified as a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue helicopter captain.

Rihanna's British troubles

Rihanna is having a tough time of it in London. The Bahamian beauty, who is shooting a reality show about fashion designers, has canceled an appearance on Graham Norton's talk show days after she blasted an Esquire U.K. reporter for pestering her with questions about her ex-bf Chris Brown, who was convicted in '09 of hitting her. She denies she has pulled out of the competition show.

Miley Cyrus engagement: The fallout

The respective parents of Miley Cyrus, 19, and Liam Hemsworth, 22, love and admire the lovers and are thrilled they're getting married, Anonymous Source tells People. Another insider tells E! News that Miley is a grown-up for real: She has secretly been recording a new album that is "very adult and sexy and believable." Miley is also market-savvy: The CD will be released just in time for the wedding.

Jim Carrey fires back at ex-gf Jenny

Jim Carrey is not amused by claims by his ex-gf of five years, Jenny McCarthy, that he has abandoned her autistic son, Evan, 10, who dearly misses Jim. "I will always do what I believe is in the best interest of Evan's well-being," Carrey tells the New York Daily News.

"It's unfortunate that Evan's privacy is not being considered," he adds. "I love Evan very much and will miss him always."

Today in Ent industry news

Jamie Foxx is slated to occupy the Big House as the U.S. president in Roland Emmerich's next blockbuster, White House Down, a sort of 24-meets-Die Hard actioner.

Mother of 14 Nadya "Octomom" Suleman, 36, who recently shot an X-rated solo video, has canceled an appearance as a stripper at T's Lounge in West Palm Beach, Fla., after learning that bar workers dissed her behind her back, TMZ says.

Kimberly Griggs, a California ex-con who has done time for burglary and robbery, has filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Michael Jackson's estate, claiming that MJ used her life as grist for his songwriting mill, says TMZ. In her handwritten court filing, Griggs claims she and MJ shared an intimate relationship in 1979, details of which he used to write the songs on numerous albums, including Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad, and Dangerous. Griggs claims she was shocked that she was not mentioned in MJ's will. TMZ says the whole thing smells bogus. MJ's estate has yet to comment.

Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com. This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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