Now I definitely thought that him running for president of Haiti was a bad idea but I did not think someone would want to kill him over it. But I guess it comes with the territory just ask our current President Barack Obama.
Haiti's presidential candidate and hip hop artist Wyclef Jean sits inside a car upon his arrival at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
(Newser) – Wyclef Jean says he’s hiding out in a secret location in Haiti after getting death threats related to his presidential bid. Jean says someone has promised to kill him if he does not leave the country, but he has no intention of doing so, the Guardian reports. He offered no other details of the threat.
This guy Wyclef just does not seem like he is ready or has the stuff to be president of Haiti. They have major problems over there and I personally think it is a totally bad idea. If he can’t even get The Refugees back together how is he gonna run a country?
With that being said, it seems his best friends over at the Smoking Gun have revealed that he owes $2 million in taxes to the I.R.S. (These guys at the I.R.S seem to have been having alot of fun over the past couple of months, they picking celebs off like flies)
AUGUST 4–Wyclef Jean, who appears ready to announce his candidacy for Haiti’s presidency, owes the Internal Revenue Service more than $2.1 million, according to federal tax liens filed against the musician, The Smoking Gun has learned.
More incriminating information has been released about Wyclef’s ‘Yele Haiti’ charity and it pains me to see that the people involved were using this to pay their personal expenses.
Wyclef Jean has defended the financial irregularities of his foundation Yele Haiti by arguing he started it with his own money. However internal documents obtained by Gawker reveal that the former Fugee made no contribution during its first year. In defending his foundation at a press conference earlier this week against accusations that it has a history of mismanaging funds, Jean said, “I started the charity with my own funds.” Earlier, in a YouTube video, Jean claimed, “I myself have put $1 million inside my own foundation.”
I am shocked that money given to ‘Yele Haiti’ has not reached the ground yet and that the first planned expenditure is for a security force. This is not the pretense that people were told when they contributed. Millions contributed thinking their donations were going to help people on the ground immediately. I don’t know who to trust in this dilemma. Read the latest in this story below:
We’ve said before that Yele Haiti does and has done good and important work in Haiti in the past, but that it is, in the words of a source familiar with the organization’s operations we spoke to, “Not a relief organization” and isn’t set up to respond immediately to the urgent needs on the ground. Locke indirectly confirmed that assessment during the press conference, acknowledging that despite raising somewhere on the order of $1 million per day under the pretense of providing emergency relief, Yele Haiti hasn’t spent one dollar yet on earthquake relief—though they have accepted free space on airlifts to deliver in-kind donations of supplies.