Saturday, November 4, 2006
Today's Tampa Tribune reports that the prosecutor in the Wesley Snipes tax fraud case says that no deal has been struck to settle the actor's $12 million tax dispute with the IRS, despite press reports earlier this week announcing such a deal (blogged here):
Reports that Wesley Snipes has settled his criminal tax case are untrue, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The entertainment business publication Variety published a story online Wednesday citing movie industry sources detailing a settlement that would allow Snipes to avoid jail and continue filming movies. The story has been picked up by UPI and number of news outlets and Internet sites. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill, who is prosecuting Snipes and two co-defendants, unequivocally denied the report. "That's not true," he said. "We have no idea where that came from."
(Hat tip: Steve Odem.)