Sunday, 14 March 2010

Wyclef Jean accused of paying mistress through Haiti Charity

Wyclef Jean has been embroiled in allegations that he has used his Haiti charity Yele Haiti to make payments of tens of thousands of dollars to a woman rumoured to be his mistress.

Yele Haiti, the sketchy foundation that Wyclef Jean founded to help the Haitian people—which received millions in the outpouring of generosity following the wake of the earthquake there—paid Jean's mistress and personal assistant $105,000 in 2008.

According to Yele Haiti's 2008 tax return, which was posted this week by the Smoking Gun, the charity paid Khatou-Chevassus $105,000 as an independent contractor in 2008 for "program development." That amounts to roughly one-third of all the money Yele spent that year on management and general expenses.

So what did she do for that money? Khatou-Chevassus is currently listed on Yele's web site as the organization's vice president. But according to five sources familiar with Yele's operations, in 2008 she served as Jean's personal assistant—working on his commercial endeavours as well as his charitable ones—and was involved romantically with the former Fugees star.

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