Lauryn Hill in 2005. (Olivier Maire/AP)

Lauryn Hill explaining to fans why she largely dropped out of the spotlight in recent years and also, by the way, why she apparently failed to pay taxes for three years, as federal prosecutors alleged this week. In an impassioned 1,300-word statement posted on her Web site Friday, the R&B star said she went “underground” to protect her family and herself from being “manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex” and “used my resources to sustain our safety and survival” — and that she tried to explain this to the feds but “the danger I faced was not accepted as reasonable grounds for deferring my tax payments.” You might just want to go read the whole thing yourself.

Read earlier: Lauryn Hill charged in federal tax case, 6/7/12