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Wyclef Jean defends Yele foundation during emotional press conference from likes of The Smoking Gun


Wyclef Jean held a press conference today where he broke down in tears. wyclef jean press conference

Jean, refuted allegations that he used funds from his Haiti charity Yele for personal use.  He also vowed to help his fellow Haitians.  

Yele has come under fire in recent days following a report on Smoking Gun, which alleges, "Internal Revenue Service records show the group has a lackluster history of accounting for its finances, and that the organization has paid the performer and his business partner at least $410,000 for rent, production services, and Jean's appearance at a benefit concert."

Today, Jean refuted those accusations. “Did I ever use any of Yele’s money for personal benefit, no. Yele’s books are open and transparent, and we have been a clean bill of health by an external auditor every year since we started.”

While there appears to be have been some accounting errors, Jean's organization Yele has done many tremendous things for Haiti's citizens over the years. And, in just a few days they have raised $2 million dollars from $5 text message donations.

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