Beyonce donated Kadafi-linked money to Haiti relief
Beyoncé revealed Wednesday that she had donated money she earned performing at a 2009 event linked to the family of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi. Queen B did it a while back; Beyoncé's announcement came after Nelly Furtado tweeted Monday that she'd be donating Kadafi-linked money earned for a 2007 show.
Beyoncé's five-song set at a private, celebrity-packed New Year's Eve bash in St. Barts drew online outrage in January 2010. The singer reportedly earned $2 million for the night.
"All monies paid to Beyoncé for her performance at a private party at Nikki Beach St. Barts on New Year's Eve 2009, including the commissions paid to her booking agency, were donated to the earthquake relief efforts for Haiti, over a year ago," a statement on Beyoncé's website said Wednesday. "Once it became known that the third party promoter was linked to the Qaddafi family, the decision was made to put that payment to a good cause."
For New Year's Eve 2010, Beyoncé was in Las Vegas, where hubby Jay-Z and Coldplay performed an invite-only concert at the just-opened Cosmopolitan hotel.
Furtado on Monday tweeted, "In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $."
With violence sweeping Libya, the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on Kadafi and his family Saturday, and a prosecutor with the International Criminal Court said Thursday that Kadafi, his sons and those in their inner circle could be held responsible for crimes committed by their security forces against revolutionaries.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Reuters contributed to this report.
Photo: Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles sit courtside in February 2010, watching the Los Angeles Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks in Texas. Credit: Matthew Emmons / US Presswire