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In Haiti, injured Wyclef Jean says he was shot

Wyclef-jean-votes Wyclef Jean was injured in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday, the night before the runoff election that will finally determine Haiti's new president.

Despite initial reports from the singer and his camp saying a bullet grazed his right palm when he stepped out of his car to make a phone call, Petionville Police Chief Vanel Lacroix told Reuters that according to doctors, Jean cut his hand on glass.

The hip-hop performer told CNN he heard "the sound of the booms" and was "grazed by a bullet." Pras Michel, who was in the Fugees with Jean, tweeted Saturday night that Wyclef had been shot, but that "Everyone can relax Wyclef is fine... They can't stop us not one bullet or a machine gun!!!!!!!"

Jean was treated for a superficial wound at a local hospital and released with a bandaged hand. Messages on the @wyclef Twitter feed Saturday and Sunday read, "We have spoken to Wyclef, he is ok. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers -- Management."

The musician, whose personal campaign for the Haitian presidency was cut short when it was determined that he didn't meet residency requirements, was supporting rowdy pop performer Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly in the Sunday runoff against scholar and former First Lady Mirlande Manigat.

A first round of voting -- marked by disorganization, violence and alleged fraud -- was held in January, narrowing the field of candidates for the runoff. Official preliminary results of the voting will be released March 31, according to the Times' Ken Ellingwood, reporting from Port-au-Prince.

Jean has been very visible in supporting Haiti's recovery since the country was devastated by an earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. He resigned from Yele Haiti, the foundation he co-founded in 2005, in August to pursue the Haitian presidency.


Ineligible: Wyclef Jean's bid to be Haiti's president cut short

Sean Penn vs. Wyclef Jean in a verbal cage match to the death!

Haiti quake relief: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt rally behind Wyclef Jean to help

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Haitian American singer Wyclef Jean, his injured hand wrapped in a bandage, gets some help casting his ballot in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sunday. Credit: Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press

Ineligible: Wyclef Jean's bid to be Haiti's president cut short [Updated]


Reports that Wyclef Jean would not be eligible to run for president of Haiti circulated all day Friday, and now the confirmation is in: The electoral council late Friday announced 19 eligible candidates, and 15 ineligible ones.

The singer's name was on the ineligible list.

[Updated, 9:25 p.m.: Jean responded late Friday to news of the decision. "Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee's final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same," he said in an essay on the Huffington Post. The committee had determined he was not a resident of Haiti, he said, adding, "home is where the heart is -- and my heart has and will always be in Haiti."

"Do not think that my role in the future of Haiti is over; it's just a different role than I had anticipated it to be."]

No reason was specified, though concerns had been voiced about whether he would meet residency requirements. To run for president of Haiti, a candidate must be a resident for five consecutive years before the election; Jean, born in Haiti, has shuttled back and forth between that country and the United States.

Jean himself didn't know the decision in advance, saying on Twitter earlier in the day, "We ...

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PREACH IT! Sean Penn vs. Wyclef Jean in a verbal cage match to the death!


First, Wyclef Jean announced a bid to be president of Haiti. Then, Sean Penn emerged from his own derriere for a couple of seconds to intone that Wyclef’s candidacy lacked sincerity. Or seriousness. Or something. Point is, he called Wyclef a "non-presence" in the troubled country, and that got Jean’s hackles up.

Now Jean has speechified a response, in a growing battle for which star is, once and for all, more Haitian-than-thou.

"He hasn't seen me for six months -- I've been going to Haiti for over five years,” Jean spat. “I am not absent in Haiti, maybe the tent city you're in, maybe I'm absent in that."

What stands out about the argument isn’t so much the star power -- despite Penn’s ability to carry a picture, it isn’t exactly supernova on supernova -- or even Jean’s really fun tendency to speak about himself in the third person. What’s odd about all this is the lack of interference from hand-wringing toadies. Just a few years ago, in a situation like this involving Third World do-goodery, we’d usually be fielding feverish spin from a publicist by now -- or maybe a lawyer, or at least someone on the star’s payroll.

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Haiti quake relief: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt rally behind Wyclef Jean to help; Twitter roster grows

Three in haiti Wyclef Jean -- after encouraging support for Haiti on Tuesday via CNN and Twitter -- is now in his earthquake-stricken homeland, "focusing on family, Yele staff and response." (The Yele Haiti Foundation, his charity, was established in 2005.)

Last night we brought you a breaking list of celebrities who were speaking out on Twitter -- and while Ministry slept, even more expressed their concern.

Adam Lambert issued a sincere plea to give even the smallest amount to UNICEF; Lindsay Lohan gave Yele a shout-out (though the State Department number she gave is for families to get information, not for donations), and Wil Wheaton was back with a timely reminder to watch out for scammers. Alyssa Milano was also back this morning with informed sympathy and a plea to text donations to Yele.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who've helped the people of Haiti in the past, issued a statement Tuesday night:

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Earthquake in Haiti: Celebrities and fans respond on Twitter [Updated]

Wyclef Celebrities and their fans are responding with prayers, news and calls for aid after Haiti was hit earlier today by a powerful earthquake, and many serious aftershocks, centered 10 miles offshore and near the capital city of Port-au-Prince. There's a lot of damage, and many casualties are expected -- click here for a photo gallery that's growing as more pictures come in.

Wyclef Jean, whose uncle is the Haitian ambassador to the U.S., was speaking to a person in Haiti when the quake hit. He told CNN, "We're gonna need immediate aid, and we're gonna need the United States and the international community to react immediately. This is the worst devastation that we as Haitian people have faced." His Twitter feed has unique updates. [He sent a detailed statement to @GlobalGrind around 8 p.m.]

Alyssa Milano, a power retweeter, has been urging her Twitter audience to donate to the Red Cross (with an assist from Christina Applegate) and is providing updates on the situation as the news unfolds. 

MC Hammer has shared the news with his 1.8 million followers. Rainn Wilson sent prayers.

Various tweeple and bloggers in the gossip and "Twilight" fan communities (@ThinkingofRob is on fire with updates) are urging donations to the Canadian Red Cross and elsewhere.

[Updated at 7:10 p.m.: The list of names grows -- add Marlee Matlin (who goes out of her way, with an assist, to tweet support to the Haitians in French and Dutch), Olivia Wilde (a relative newbie on Twitter, she's soliciting donations for Artists for Peace and Justice, and her tweets are especially passionate because she just visited Haiti), Omar Epps, LL Cool J, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez and Russell Simmons.]

[Updated at 7:30 p.m.: Encouraging donations to UNICEF -- Nicole Richie, Benji Madden, Joel Madden and Demi Moore.]

[Updated at 8 p.m.: "Big Bang Theory's" Kunal Nayyar asked how to help, and a few hours later Wil Wheaton was recommending the answers Kunal got; Ryan Seacrest offers pics (delete the stray commas after the links to see them); Marlon Wayans follows @Wyclef's lead. Later updates will be after the break.]

Given the massive nature of Twitter, this is clearly only a partial list ...

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