Grammy-nominated Rapper and actor Ja Rule—who once said MTV was "promoting homosexuality" and "f---ing up America"—plead guilty to failing to file tax returns and promised to pay more than $1 million in back taxes and penalties.
Ja Rule, whose original name is Jeffrey Atkins, 35, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court to three counts of failing to file a tax return, from 2004 through 2008, even though he was making money from royalties and live tours. U.S. federal judge Patty Shwartz set bail at $500,000 and permitted Atkins' release pending sentencing scheduled for June 13. He faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison on each count.
Ja Rule faces up to five years in prison. In December 2010, you will recall the 34-year-old rapper was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to 2007 weapons possession charge.
Jeff Weiss at the Los Angeles Times adds, "At one point in the late '90s and early 2000s, there was no more commercially viable rapper than the Murder Inc.-signed Rule. 2001's Pain is Love debuted at No. 1 and sold a reported 12 million copies worldwide. Rule was nominated for four Grammy's and even was named GQ's 2002 Man of the Year for musicians."
In September 2007, Ja Rule launched into a profanity-laced homophobic rant against upcoming congressional hearings on violence in hip-hop and the entertainment industry. "Calling a woman a bitch or a hoe on my rap songs ... is not at issue," said the rapper, father and husband. "Lets talk about all these fucking shows that they have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my kids can't watch this shit. ... If that's not fucking up America, I don't know what is."
Pearls of wisdom from a gun-toting father concerned about "family values" ... now headed to prison.
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