*The hefty paycheck singer Beyonce Knowles reportedly earned for performing at a party hosted by the son of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s was donated to a Haiti earthquake relief fund “over a year ago,” the pop star’s publicist said today.
“All monies paid to Beyoncé for her performance at a private party at Nikki Beach St. Barts on New Year’s Eve 2009, including the commissions paid to her booking agency, were donated to the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, over a year ago,” Beyonce spokesperson Yvette Noel-Schure said in a statement. “Once it became known that the third party promoter was linked to the [Gadhafi] family, the decision was made to put that payment to a good cause.”
The announcement was made a day after fellow singer Nelly Furtado told fans that she was donating the $1 million she had been paid for performing for the “Gadhafi clan” at an Italian hotel in 2007, and fans began calling for other celebrities to do the same.
According to leaked U.S. State Department documents, Beyonce was part of a $1 million bash thrown by Gadhafi’s son, Mutassim, on New Years Eve 2009 on St. Barts Island in the Caribbean that also featured a performance by Usher and other unnamed musicians.
The year before, Mariah Carey had been paid $1 million to perform at the same party for Mutassim, according to the documents.
Video of the New Year’s 2009 party, shot by a party-goer, is shown below.