Actor Wesley Snipes, appearing on Larry King Live Tuesday, said that “there have been some egregious and very malicious efforts” in the media’s reporting of his 2008 tax conviction, for which he’s slated to begin a three-year prison sentence in Pennsylvania on Thursday.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the Jungle Fever star was convicted in February 2008 in Florida on three misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file federal tax returns. He was acquitted of five other charges in the same proceedings, including felony tax fraud and conspiracy.
Snipes said he mistakenly “relied on the advice of those who I considered professionals” including Ken Starr, a financial advisor to the stars who pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges this past September (not the Ken Starr associated with the Bill Clinton administration).
Snipes said the actions taken against him over the course of proceedings have not been above board.
“It does seem to be rather unusual and rather bizarre when you had a prosecutor come into the sentencing and make the statement that this was the biggest tax trial in the history of the IRS,” the New Jack City star said. “If you take these things into consideration, Larry, and the way it’s been misrepresented around the world, I think there’s a certain amount of selectivity going on here.”
Asked how he will spend his time behind bars, Snipes said his “objective has always been to use [his] talents and [his] skills to elevate humanity through [his] art.
“I don’t see that changing whether I’m out or whether I’m in,” Snipes said. “And I’m still going to try to fight for justice.”