Gaddafi may not be winning points with philanthropists around the world, but his so called “blood money” could do some major good.
In February, the whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks, exposed large sums of money received by celebrities who had performed for members of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. Stars were quick in responding to avoid further embarrassment. Some stars have donated funds to various charities while others have either promised or donated additional funds.
Who are the stars involved and what did they say about the whole fiasco?
“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.”
“I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations”, Usher said.
Nelly Furtado tweeted, “In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $”.
“In light of the ongoing events in Libya, 50 Cent will be making a donation to UNICEF, which is providing vital relief supplies to meet the needs of women and children at risk during this crisis.”
Maria Carey issued this statement, “I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess … 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.”