So What Happened To That Haiti Relief Foundation Money? Let Wyclef Explain

October 18, 2012  |  


Wyclef Jean is just a big ball of fail right now. If he’s not writing a book about ish that happened 15 years ago, or greasing his body up with oil for an impromptu speedo fashion shoot, he’s shaming the great people of Haiti with his antics. First he wanted to run for president to correct corruption in the country (ironic), then there was the heroic tale of him being shot in Haiti, which was really just a gun graze, and now he’s been accused of misappropriating funds from his relief organization, the Yeli Haiti Foundation.

As MTV tells it:

According to The New York Times, Yele Haiti went out of business last month, leaving behind considerable debt and a few unfinished projects. The Times reports that auditors zeroed in on $3 million of the organization’s expenses from 2005 to 2009, concluding that $256,580 was used for illegal benefits and improper transactions like private air transportation and chauffeur services.

Can we say shady? To get Wyclef’s take on the whole situation and the PR catastrophe that is his relationship with his home country, MTV sat down with the artist who explained, from his perspective, what was going on. Here’s what he said:

“When you start an organization, there are gonna be mistakes, but the mistakes were never us banking money in our pockets to get rich on behalf of our people. When those kind of mistakes are made within governance, you bring in new accountants, new governance, and that’s what we did.

“The legacy of Yele Haiti and why people trust in Yele Haiti is because it’s not something I created when the earthquake came,” he continued. “This is something I created in 2005. Always remember this: If you decide that you’re not just gonna be musician, you’re not gonna just be a rapper, you’re gonna stand up for something and be in the forefront of it, you’re gonna get challenged constantly.”

The thing is, the only reason Wyclef gets challenged is because he never seems to uphold his end of the bargain. But apparently he takes comfort in knowing that this too shall pass—eventually.

“When history tells its tale to define the truth … one thing about history, as history goes it will protect me,” he said. “So there’s one thing that you might feel now, but 70 years from now, a hundred years from now, when you’re not around, facts come out. So history will always be on my side because the truth eventually ends up coming out.”

So basically in 70 years no one will remember this whole situation and that he’s a potential loser? OK, cool.

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