Wyclef Denies Yele Haiti Charges

    As he has done every other time that his charity has been accused of being mismanaged, Wyclef has released a statement claiming that the New York Post’s story this weekend reporting the mismanagement of Yele Haiti is fradulent, and that the charity wasn’t mismanaged at all. Here’s what Wycelf has to say on the matter:

    “The percentage of funds used is consistent with NGOs and Not For Profits operating in Haiti at the time.”

    “The NY Post piece entitled ‘Questions Dog Wyclef’s Haiti Fund’ is misleading, deceptive and incomplete. The Post conveniently fails to acknowledge that the decisions that Yéle made were a response to one of the world’s most catastrophic natural disasters in modern history and required an immediate humanitarian response. There were no roads, no clean water, no sanitation, no banks, no electricity, no infrastructure. Immediate decisions were made to save lives and alleviate suffering. We made decisions that enabled us to provide emergency assistance in the midst of chaos and we stand by those decisions. We did the best we could with the available resources. I am proud of the way that Yéle handled the crisis on the ground in 2010. We were able to feed, clothe, provide medical assistance and shelter for more than 250 thousand people in need.”

    Of course Wyclef has to say that stuff. It’s not like he’s going to come out and say, “Yeah, I sort of blew that, didn’t I?” Just think though: This story is incredibly interesting, because this is a guy that 10 years ago would have been fielding Fugees reunion questions. And now he’s being asked about a charity with millions of dollars. That shit cray. [LA Times]