With his countrymen demanding Gadhafi to step down from 40 years of dictatorship, U.S. celebrities who took part of some of the star-studded shows thrown by the Gadhafi clan throughout the years are also being put on spotlight. Members of the music industry, such as Usher, Mariah Carey, Beyonce and 50 Cent are being called to donate to charity the money they were paid when they performed private gigs for family members of Qaddafi. So far, none of them has commented about it except for Furtado.
In a Twitter post Monday, Furtado said, “In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Gadhafi clan to perform a 45 min. show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $.”
According to Mediaite, Lindsay Lohan, Jay-Z, Russell Simmons, Miranda Kerr, Victoria Silvstedt, Jon Bon Jovi were included in the crowd for the concert led by Beyonce. The shows were part of extravagant parties thrown by the dictator’s sons, particularly a New Year’s Eve party on the Caribbean island of St. Barts, as The New York Times reported this week. Mariah Carey, meanwhile, sang 4 songs for $1 million in a 2009 New Year’s Eve party.
Things are falling apart in many ways for longtime Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. With his countrymen in uproar and demanding that he step down after more than 40 years in power as part of the freedom wave rushing through the Middle East, the dictator is also getting push back from one of the pop stars who’ve performed for his family over the years.
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