Wyclef Jean Denies Accusations of Charity Funds Misuse
The Haitian born singer, who rose to fame as a member of the Fugees before branching off as a solo artist, has recently come under fire over claims that his charity, Yele Haiti, misused the funds that were collected for relief after a 2010 earthquake ravaged the island nation.
An article in the New York Post alleged that a mere "pittance" of the $16 million Jean helped to raise was used for actual philanthropic ends; instead, the Post said, suspect donations like $1 million to a nonexistent Florida contractor and $350,000 to a construction firm managed by Jean's brother-in-law were made.
This follows claims in 2010 that the funds were being redirected for Jean's personal use, prompting Jean to step down as head of the charity last August. In a new statement, Jean said that the article was “misleading, deceptive and incomplete" and that he stands by all of the decisions made in the aftermath of the catastrophe.
It's hard to know who to believe in a he-said-she-said battle like this — and there's nothing more deplorable than an already-wealthy celebrity using charitable donations for personal use — but we'll gladly stick by Wyclef until there's substantive proof that the funds were misused.