Snipes keeps filming after tax warrant
Wesley Snipes, the star of the “Blade” trilogy, “Jungle Fever” and “White Men Can’t Jump,” will continue filming as planned in Namibia despite the U.S. warrant for his arrest on tax fraud charges, the producer of “Gallowwalker” said Monday.
Joanne Reay said Snipes, who is the lead actor in the movie, was on location in the desert near the town of Swakob.
Reay said Snipes had traveled to Namibia to shoot the film and not to flee U.S. justice. She said the plan was to stay until the third week in December. “As far as we understand, Wesley is not going to be arrested in Namibia,” she told the Associated Press. “We are aware of the issue around the tax charges, but we are not discussing it,” Reay said.
Snipes, 44, was indicted last week on eight counts of tax fraud, accused of trying to cheat the government out of nearly $12 million in false refund claims and not filing returns for six years.
If convicted of all the charges, he could face 16 years in prison.