Beyoncé Knowles is telling critics that it’s too late for her to return the millions she received from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Beyoncé Knowles is telling critics that it’s too late for her to return the millions she received from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. That cash is already helping make a difference to those who need it in Haiti.
“All monies paid to Beyoncé for her performance at a private party at Nikki Beach, St. Barts, on New Year’s Eve 2009, including the commissions paid to her booking agency, were donated to the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti over a year ago,” read the statement from Bey’s camp.
Reports indicate that she was paid $2 million to perform for Muammar’s son. Other artists, including Usher, Mariah Carey and Nelly Furtado, were reportedly paid around $1 million each.
Singer Nelly said she also donated money she earned from her performance for the Libyan leaders, whose country is now experiencing political turmoil.
Mariah Carey wasn’t quite so specific about where her payment from Muammar went, but the expectant mother did say that she donates plenty of money to different charities throughout the year.
“I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess,” Mariah said . “Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows. Ultimately, we as artists are to be held accountable.”
-Tracy L. Scott