Saturday, December 06, 2008
Wesley Snipes has a new argument for not going to jail for tax evasion: he helped fight terrorists. The 46-year-old actor, who's last major movie was in 2004 with "Blade: Trinity", lost a tax evasion trial in April and has been appealing ever since. He didn't file taxes and report his acting income for five years.
One key argument that Snipes is making is about his moral character in helping martial arts experts train flight crews to deal with terrorism after 9/11. In fact, he even claims to have "helped thwart the notorious 'shoe bomb' attack by terrorist Richard Reid."
Snipes is a trained martial artist with a fifth dan black belt in Shotokan Karate. He has had other tax-related issues. He has defaulted on thousands of dollars of back property taxes. If he loses the appeal, he faces a three year sentence. In the meantime, he has been busy filming movies like "Brooklyn's Finest" and "Chasing the Dragon."