Four years after she performed at a private concert for Libya’s Qaddafi family, singer Nelly Furtado has announced that she will donate the $1m fee to charity. Furtado’s decision has intensified the spotlight on other pop stars, including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Usher, who performed at parties for the sons of Muammar Qaddafi.
“In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy,” Furtado wrote on Twitter on Sunday night. “I am going to donate the $.” Furtado’s announcement is no small thing – money aside, it is tied up in both international and show business politics. For unknown reasons, Furtado’s tweet was deleted on Monday morning but reinstated in the afternoon. According to Furtado’s label, the “Maneater” singer will soon reveal which charity will be the beneficiary of the Qaddafi concert fee.
However, other stars who performed for the Qaddafi family in recent years have refused to comment on whether they will donate their fees or not.