Method Man pleads guilty to tax evasion

By | Published on Thursday 1 July 2010

Rapper Method Man, real name Clifford Smith, has pleaded guilty to tax-evasion charges, and written a cheque for $40,000 there and then to settle his outstanding debts to the tax man.

The Wu Tang member was arrested for unpaid taxes relating to the period 2004 to 2007 last year. Tax officials said he owed them $106,000. Defending the hip hopper in court this week, his lawyer Peter Frankel said as soon as his client knew about the unpaid tax bills “he hired someone and immediately corrected it”. With the rapper’s former accountants seemingly being blamed for the unpaid taxes, Smith was given a conditional discharge, meaning the arrest will be wiped from his records provided he stays out of trouble.