Snipes: I trusted tax advisers
Published 08/12/2010 | 15:41
Wesley Snipes has said he relied on the advice of tax professionals and doesn't believe he deserves a three-year prison sentence for failing to pay taxes.
The Blade star claimed his case has been misrepresented in the media and he wanted to clear the air on CNN's Larry King Live.
Wesley said: "It has been framed that I was a conspirator and that I was an architect in a scheme by an organisation that has been characterised as tax protesters.
"The press hasn't reported that I was a client of people who I trusted (who) had knowledge and expertise in the areas of tax law that would protect my interests."
He also clasped his hands together and urged viewers "pray for me."
Wesley said: "We still have prayers out there. We still believe in miracles. So don't send me up the river yet."
The White Men Can't Jump star admitted he was nervous about reporting to a Pennsylvania prison, but said he was more upset and disappointed that the legal system was not working in his favour.
Wesley said: "I think any man would be nervous if his liberty is at stake. I'm disappointed that the system seems not to be working for me in this situation."
But his lawyer Daniel R Meachum told King he was planning a last-minute attempt to appeal against the sentence.
The 48-year-old actor was convicted in 2008 in a Florida court on three misdemeanour counts of wilful failure to file income tax returns.