Fans of Wesley Snipes can breathe easy now, as despite numerous reports on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, the actor did not in fact get killed in a brawl and continues to live on, albeit in a federal prison, where he is currently serving a sentence just shy of three years for the heinous crime of tax evasion.
Two days before he commenced the prison sentence in December last year, Snipes appeared on the Larry King Show to talk about his impending sentence. “I think any man would be nervous,” Snipes told Larry King. “Given the length of time that they are suggesting that I be away from my family, away from my profession, away from my ability to provide for my family and for those who have depended upon me to contribute to society”.
Wesley Snipes was charged with both conspiring to defraud the US and with failing to file details of his federal income tax within the required time. The actor had filed a false return that included tax refunds of $4million dollars and $7.3m dollars for 1996 and 1997 respectively. Snipes believed that the government was making an example out of him.
Snipes lawyers have been appealing his sentence since his imprisonment but so far, all attempts to secure the actor’s release have been unsuccessful Snipes remains incarcerated and is not due for release until 18 July 2013.
I’m certainly no fan of Wesley Snipes. He generally plays the kind of haughty and excessively machismo characters in a genre of soulless high-budget, wide appeal, low intelligence movies that appeal to fans of big bangy CGI explosions and extended fight sequences that give you enough time to go and make a cup of tea, have a bath, feed the dog and still not really miss anything.. What’s more I don’t think his celebrity status puts him beyond the law. But I can certainly comprehend his desire to not lay out octrillions of bucks in tax. I begrudge paying the small amount of tax (by comparison) that I have to pay. I think if I had to write a check for several million my hands would start to shake, my mouth would go dry, my legs would buckle and I’d start speaking in tongues. And with a three year sentence for trying to fiddle the state, with rapists getting released in less time for good behaviour, you have to wonder what is deemed more important in society – public money or the public themselves.
So, Wesley Snipes: alive and well… in prison.
These celebrity death stunts are becoming more and more frequent. It’s only a matter of time before the stars themselves start generating the myths themselves in order to resuscitate dying careers.
With this recent spate of celebrity not-deaths – including Charlie Sheen, Will Smith, Owen Wilson, Adam Sandler – some celebrities must be terrified they might be the next victim of not dying. I’d employ an imaginary bodyguard if I was them. Just to be on the safe side.
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