Wyclef Raises Almost $10 Mil For Haiti; Ambassador Defends Rapper
Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti non-profit organization has raised almost $10 million dollars in donations since an earthquake struck the nation in January.
According to recent filings, Yele has taken in a total of $9,139,324 in donations since a 7.0 earthquake leveled Port-Au-Prince.
The organization has been under scrutiny since it began soliciting donations on behalf of Haiti and has beenÂ accused mismanaging funds in the past.
Last month, TheSmokingGun.comÂ posted Yele’s 2008 tax returns, revealing a $105,000 payment to the rapper’s personal assistant Zakiya Khatou-Chevassus, who he was rumored to be having an affair with.
Those allegations come in the midst of rumors that Jean was also sleeping with his former manager, Lisa Ellis, former VP of Urban at Sony Music.
According to The New York Post, Ellis has contacted the FBI over a nude photograph from an upcoming art book that leaked on the Internet.
Both women have denied being romantically involved with Wyclef Jean, as did Wyclef Jean via his Twitter page.
“If you Ride with me you are on the Right side or you can follow your slave master and believe what he tells you. Yele Haiti 4 life. Since some of you like to believe everything you read with out having Facts pass this around! Wyclef is A Alien from out of space.I have been spending money n my country since I was a Fugees! why is it now after the Quake I am being Excuse! They fear I’m gaining ground.”
A number of organizations are also under scrutiny, as over $2 billion in relief effort has been collected, although the Haitian government has only seen around $10 million of the money.
During a visit to Nashville's Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville Tennessee, Haitian Ambassador Raymond Alcide Joseph addressed the allegations against Jean, who is also his nephew.
He claimed the rumors were being started by rival non-profits, who were angry at the amount of money being directed towards Jean’s Yele Haiti.
"I'm not a financial accountant, I haven't seen everything, but I think they had people go through the books and they did find some irregularities that were repaired, but as far as wholesale corruption--I say 'no,'“ Joseph stated. “It's not because Wyclef Jean is my nephew and I'm defending him but I know his heart is good and he's been doing good work in Haiti long, long before these people who have appeared on the scene. "