"Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes lost his battle against a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion today. The court of appeal in Atlanta ruled that the judge properly sentenced the 47-year-old White Men Can't Jump star. His lawyers had argued that the sentence was 'unreasonable' and that he should have been granted a hearing to decide whether his trial should have been held in New York instead of Florida.
Snipes, the star of movies including the Blade trilogy and Passenger 57, received the maximum sentence from a judge in Florida in 2008 for dodging more than $15 million (£7.5 million) in federal income taxes on earnings from the peak of his career.
Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington had written to US District Court judge William Terrell Hodges asking that Snipes, 45, be spared a prison sentence. 'Wesley is like a mighty oak tree,' he wrote.
'Many who know him have witnessed the fruit of his labours. I have sat in his shade and even been protected by his presence.'.................."