Nelly Furtado to Donate $1 Million Earned From Qaddafi Gig to Charity
Singer Nelly Furtado will donate the money she made performing for family members of Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi to charity.
Furtado revealed on Twitter Monday that the Qaddafi clan paid her $1 million for a private 45-minute performance in Italy four years ago. In light of the Libyan protests, she said she now plans to donate her paycheck to charity.
“In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $," she tweeted.
WikiLeaks cables recently revealed that Beyonce, Mariah Carey and Usher were hired by the Qaddafi family to perform at various New Year's Day parties. According to Rolling Stone, the music industry has called upon them and 50 Cent, who performed for Qaddafi's son at a 2005 film festival, to also give the millions they earned from these events to charity.
There has not been any word yet as to whether the other singers plan to follow in Furtado's footsteps.