Porn News

Wesley Snipes Surrenders on Tax Evasion

Orlando- Claiming he is not a runner, despite facts showing otherwise, actor Wesley Snipes said he is ready to put up with the law and surrendered to police on income-tax evasion charges earlier on Friday.

After being made a “scapegoat” by overzealous federal prosecutors and indicted on tax fraud charges, Snipes gave in to government officials in Orlando, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa and was taken into custody at Orlando International Airport in Florida. He was due in federal court in Ocala later that same day.

The 44-year-old star was charged nearly two months ago on a litany of tax-dodging charges and a warrant was issued for his arrest. While Snipes was busy with his upcoming movie, “Gallowaalkers” shooting in Namibia, his lawyers and the authorities tried to work out a deal so that Snipes would turn himself in.

According to Snipes, he has been wrongly accused of everything due to the fact that he’s black. In a statement he issued almost three weeks ago to a newspaper columnist he said:

“I know this has more to do with a few individuals with access to power, making moves (trying to move up!) and less with some alleged crime against the whole population of the United States of America. This reminds me of rape cases where the ‘victim’ is flipped, turned or converted into the role of victimizer, the ‘architect conspirator,'”Snipes wrote in an e-mail to Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell.

“It appears I’m to be the scapegoat, because there’s more public interest in ‘celebrities gone bad’ than ‘rich people being taken advantage of,’ ” he added.

He continues: “Being a black male who asks questions doesn’t help the situation either. But this is a serious issue, NO, a very serious issue that I am not taking lightly one bit. I will abide by the law, seeking the protections the law affords me and as always seek the advice of competent council in effort to resolve this issue. I’m not running, I’m not a fugitive, despite the misrepresentations in the press.”

On October 17th, the “Blade” actor was accused for fraudulently claiming refunds of nearly $12-million (U.S.) in 1996 and 1997 on income taxes already paid. He has reportedly failed to file returns between 1999 and 2006. If convicted, he faces up to 16 years in prison.

Ian Thompson, a spokesman for Sheer Films, which is producing “Gallowwalkers”, told the Associated Press that Snipes planned to return to Namibia after the court hearing to finish work on the film. Filmmakers expect to finish with the shooting in two weeks at most. The film is scheduled to hit the theaters in fall 2007.


Related Posts

Liz Jordan, Xxlayna Marie Star in Finale of Seth Gamble’s ‘Phantasia’

LOS ANGELES — Wicked Pictures has released the fourth and final installment of director/performer Seth Gamble's latest cinemacore feature, "Phantasia," starring Liz Jordan and Xxlayna Marie. The title also stars Kimmy Granger, Valentina Nappi and Allie Nicole. "'Phantasia' immerses viewers…

Liz Jordan, Xxlayna Marie Close Out Seth Gamble’s ‘Phantasia’

Actor/director Seth Gamble's latest Wicked Pictures cinemacore production "Phantasia" comes to a close with the release today of grand finale "Nymphs," starring Liz Jordan, Xxlayna Marie and Gamble himself, on

Chaturbate Signs On as Presenting Sponsor of XBIZ Miami

LOS ANGELES — Premier webcam community Chaturbate has signed on as the exclusive presenting sponsor of XBIZ Miami, slated for May 13-16 at the oceanfront Sagamore Hotel in South Beach. “The XBIZ Miami show has fast become one of the…

Daisy Taylor Goes Exclusive With TransAngels

Adult production brand TransAngels announces that it has signed 2024 AVN Best Thespian - Trans/X, Daisy Taylor, to an exclusive performing deal.

Vincent O’Reilly, Siren Santiago Headline ‘Never Enough’ From Hot House

SAN FRANCISCO — Vincent O'Reilly and Siren Santiago topline "Never Enough," the latest release from Falcon/NakedSword studio brand Hot House Video. Directed by Ryan Brian, the title also features Drake Von, Quin Quire, Summer Blayne, Tryp Bates, Grant Ducati, Kane…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.