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Wesley Snipes released from prison

The 50-year-old actor was jailed for tax evasion charges.

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WESLEY SNIPES WAS released from prison earlier this month, TMZ exclusively revealed today.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons quietly released him from Pennsylvania’s medium-security McKean Federal Correctional Institution on 2 April but he remains in custody under home confinement until 19 July. According to Death and Taxes, he will serve the remaining months of his three-year sentence at an undisclosed residence in the New York area.

During his trial, US prosecutors claimed he failed to file proper tax returns between 1999 and 2004 and owed millions of dollars to the taxman. They said he had earned more than $37 million in gross income during the period.

A federal court rejected the actor’s request for a new trial in November 2010 and the judge ordered him to report to prison.

During the trial, the Hollywood star of White Men Can’t Jump and Blade had described himself as an “idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance.”

Snipes first rose to fame in the 1980s when he was cast in the video for Michael Jackson’s single ‘Bad’.

-Additional reporting by AFP

Read: Wesley Snipes to stay in prison after failed appeal

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