Wyclef Jean denies personal benefit from Haiti charity

Wyclef Jean denied allegations that he had personally profited from his earthquake-relief charity, Yéle Haiti, during an emotional press conference Monday, People.com reports. The Smoking Gun reported last week that the musician had used $410,000 in the foundation’s funds for rent, production services, and his own appearance at a benefit concert. “Did we make mistakes? Yes. Did I ever use any of Yéle’s money for personal benefits? Absolutely not,” Jean said Monday. “Yéle’s books are open and transparent, and we have been a clean bill of health by an external auditor every year since we started.” Yéle Haiti president Hugh Locke offered to make past tax forms public to prove the organization had not engaged in any wrongdoing. However, he acknowledged that the group had filed the last three years’ worth of tax forms late.

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  • Reese

    Not surprising…

    That’s way it’s best to donate to known charities…Red Cross, Doctors Without Border, UNICEF…

    Wyclef won’t be seeing a dime from me!

    • Reese

      Brain disruption: That’s WHY it’s best to donate to known charities…Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, UNICEF…
      Wyclef won’t be seeing a dime from me!

  • confidential

    I have donated to Yele for some time now and although the accusation were made we must keep an open mind because NONE of them have been proven. And I now wealthy people steal, but Wyclef doesn’t need the money. He started the NGO with a million of his own money. Donate to whatever charity you’d like but let’s not be so quick on this one.

  • sosgemini

    I don’t think the problem is stealing. The problem is high cost of operations. If a charity spends more then 10% of their revenue on operations cost, it’s best that you send your money elsewhere.

  • Stabilite Sans Front

    Jean may be too manic to admit the Imbalance of power of his countreymen, on his corrupt charitable watch now utterly crushed and disempowered, but his presence is a distraction from the suffering on the ground and a deterrance for donors especially come telethon. Of course the bypassing has always been in place but while he is as dispensible to his organization as he is to his craft, and his originating country, why bother using him as anything but an illustration of wrong choices, mistaken decisions, and absence of standards?

  • Unbelievable …

    Hugh Locke should be FIRED!! Obviously, he is NOT HONEST and should not be running this organization. I will NOT DONATE TO YELE HAITI. Give to the RED CROSS instead!!

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