Update: “Wyclef Jean Has Never Profited From his Organization,” Yele President Clarifies [Video]
Just one day after thesmokinggun.com posted an article on their site questioning the history of Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation, the president of the organization has issued a response.
As previously reported, TSG has obtained the tax returns of Clef’s charity, which show that the former Fugees frontman and his business partner, Jerry Duplessis, have been compensated over $400,000 in rent, production services and appearance fees from the organization since its creation 12 years ago.
Hugh Locke, the president of the non-profit, had this to say in the charity’s defense: “Wyclef Jean, the founder of Yele Haiti, has never profited from his organization. It’s a shame that during this international emergency, we have had to divert resources away from our response efforts to address these allegations.”
The Smoking Gun also says that last year was the first time that Yele had filed tax returns with the IRS and they only disclosed information about the years, 2005, 2006 and 2009.
“Yele Haiti, originally called the Wyclef Jean Foundation, filed a tax return in 2000 and then suspended activities until 2005 and so was not required by law to file a tax return until it resumed operation,” Locke explained.
Clef, a native and Goodwill Ambassador to the earthquake struck country, has reportedly raised over $2 million in donations in relief funds as of yesterday (January 15). —Max G
Update: Wyclef issued a video statement responding to the accusations against his organization. [Watch below]