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Musicians Urged to Donate Gaddafi Payments

HeadlineMar 03, 2011

Several prominent musicians are being urged to return money they received for giving private performances for the family of Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi. Lavish Gaddafi parties on the Caribbean island of St. Bart’s have drawn a number of celebrities over the years. In 2008, pop artist Mariah Carey accepted $1 million to perform. The following year the R&B artists Usher and Beyoncé performed at the same event for undisclosed amounts. Beyoncé claims to have already donated her earnings to earthquake relief efforts in Haiti. In 2005, rapper 50 Cent performed for a Gaddafi family member at the Venice Film Festival. Singer Nelly Furtado has admitted to receiving $1 million from the Gaddafi family in 2007 and says she will donate the money to charity.

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