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It's tearin' up his heart: the Detroit News reported Tuesday that the state of Mississippi placed a tax lien against JC Chasez in October, claiming the former 'NSYNC member owes $206,965 in back taxes.

A manager for Chasez (real name: Joshua Scott Chasez), 33, tells that the battle has nothing to do with his client's personal finances.

"This is a dispute between 'NSYNC and the state of Mississippi that stems back from an 'NSYNC performance in the state," the manager explains.

"Since 'NSync no longer exists, the state is going after each member individually."

Chasez, he explains, "was the principal member of 'NSYNC, the front guy, so they are going after him first. This is still an open dispute with 'NSYNC as a whole and 'NSYNC is looking to get it all resolved."

'NSYNC took a hiatus following its 2002 Celebrity tour, and has not reunited for any musical performance since 2005. Chasez, who released the solo album "Schizophrenic" in 2004, is currently a judge on MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew."


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