50 Cent Donates Gaddafi Money to UNICEF
Performers were reportedly paid as much as $2 million dollars to perform and attend the elaborate parties thrown by Gaddafi's son Mutassim, including decadent New Year's Eve celebrations in the Caribbean and private performance for the dictator's family with some of the world's biggest stars. 50 performed for Gaddafi's family during the 2005 Venice Film Festival, and has announced that he has made a donation to UNICEF to support their "vital relief [work]" in Libya.
"In light of the ongoing events in Libya, 50 Cent will be making a donation to Unicef, which is providing vital relief supplies to meet the needs of women and children at risk during this crisis," 50's spokesperson told the Associated Press.
50 has yet to reveal the amount of his donation, nor whether it matches the amount he was paid in 2005. Thus far, only Furtado has revealed exactly how much she received, and pledged to donate the amount in full ($1 Million). Like 50, Usher has promised to donate an unspecified amount to human rights charities, while Mariah Carey pledged proceeds from a future single, which could mean any amount.
Several artists accused of performing for the Gaddafi family have still yet to respond regarding the scandal, including Timbaland, Lionel Richie and Enrique Iglesias, while Jay-Z, Lindsay Lohan and Jon Bon Jovi were also all reportedly paid to appear as guests at the events.
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