Wesley Snipes Jailed for Three Years
Famous Hollywood actor Wesley snipes was sentanced to three years jail yesterday for wilfully failing to file his US tax returns between 1999 and 2001.
Despite such character witnesses a Woody Harrelson and Denzel Washington, Judge William Terrell Hodges (described as ‘cantankerous’ by many reporters) said that Snipes showed a “history of contempt over a period of time” for the U.S. tax man.
Judge Hodges awarded the maximum sentence to Snipes, a move which many say is to provide an example to the American people that if a celebrity can be jailed, so can anyone.
Snipes denied that it was wilful evasion, saying that he had been badly advised. He said “I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance”
Snipes is appealing the sentence.