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Lien On Me: American Idol's Blake Lewis Owes Back Taxes

Aug. 27 2009, Published 10:48 a.m. ET

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Human beatbox Blake Lewis owes Uncle Sam $124,000 in back taxes.

The Internal Revenue Service filed a $124,798 lien against Blake, the season six runner-up on American Idol, on July 10 in the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds office, according to the Detriot News.

Blake's publicist said she could not discuss what led to the lien being filed.

"Everything has been resolved with the IRS," spokeswoman Jessica Erskine said. She would not elaborate.  The IRS also would not comment.

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But, according to the L.A. County Recorder's office Wednesday, a lien release -- which would indicate the debt has been paid off -- has not been filed.

Lewis, 28, who bought a $1.25 million home north of Seattle, Wash. last year will release his sophomore album this fall.

Blake is not the only former American Idol contestant to owe back taxes; Fantasia Barrino and Ruben Studdard have run into similar problems.



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