Mystikal Blames Manager And Record Label Over $2.9 Million In Back Taxes

The rapper racked up a huge bill to Uncle Sam after he was locked up on rape charges.

(AllHipHop News) Embattled rapper Mystikal has called out his management and record label representatives for failing to help him stay on top of his taxes.

The rapper, real name Michael Tyler, is facing legal action from U.S. government officials after allegedly racking up a bill of $2.9 million in back taxes, penalties, and interest for earnings collected during various periods between 1997 and 2013.

The case is set to go to trial, but in new court papers, Mystikal insists he isn't to blame, as his taxes were supposed to have been taken care of by team members from his management and label.

"For the tax years 1997 through 2002, Defendant was a recording artist signed to record labels and derived earnings from performances, recording advances, and songwriting royalties," he states.

"For the years 1997 through 2002, Defendant reasonably believed that his income tax filings and payments were being handled by his record labels and other representatives."

Mystikal alleges he only learned of an issue with his taxes in 2003.

It's the latest legal headache for the star - he is also due to stand trial for rape later this year.

The rapper, who has previously served time for sexual battery, extortion, and tax crimes, surrendered to authorities last year on charges of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping after a Louisiana woman accused him of sexual assault in 2017.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He spent 18 months behind bars before scraping together the funds needed to pay his $3 million bond in January.