The industry has been going crazy over Beyonce, Usher, 50 Cent, and Mariah Carey taking “blood money” from Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi for performances, and actually keeping the millions. But with the outrage in Libya and the war crimes of Gaddafi now coming to a head, demands have started flying for the celebs to return or donate the monies they received. According to the Associated Press, Beyonce donated that money to charity:
Beyonce says she donated money she received for performing for the Gaddafi clan to Haiti relief efforts more than a year ago. The superstar made the revelation in a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press.
Her announcement comes days after singer Nelly Furtado tweeted that she had gotten $1 million from the Gaddafi clan to perform in Italy in 2007. Furtado says she’s donating that money to charity. Beyonce’s publicist says she performed at a private party on the island of St. Barts on New Year’s Eve in 2009. Once it was revealed that the performance was linked to the Gaddafi family, she gave the money and commissions to earthquake relief in Haiti.
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is being investigated for possible war crimes.
Beyonce and Jay-Z are Hip Hop’s highest paid couple, I’m sure the million dollars was not a big deal for them to give away. At least a good deed came out of it.