Thursday 10 March 2011, 11:21 | By CMU Editorial
50 Cent makes donation to Unicef after Gaddafi gig reports
50 Cent is the latest pop star to have earned from a private party organised by the Gaddafi family to announce he is donating his fee to charity.
Well, he wasn’t that specific in his statement, but following news reports that he was paid to play at a party held by the Gaddafi family at the Venice Film Festival back in 2005, the rapper has announced he is making a donation to UNICEF to help fund its humanitarian work in war torn Libya where, of course, friend of the stars Muammar Gaddafi is busy turning his army on his own people.
Other artists to have played at Gaddafi family events include Beyonce, Nelly Furtado, Usher and Mariah Carey. The first three have all confirmed they have donated their respective fees to charity since political unrest began in Libya (Beyonce had already done so), while Mariah said she was embarrassed that she unknowingly agreed to play at a Gaddafi family party while her press rep stressed she already gives loads of money to charity.
A spokesman for 50 Cent told The Associated Press yesterday: “In light of the ongoing events in Libya, 50 Cent will be making a donation to UNICEF, which is providing vital relief supplies to meet the needs of women and children at risk during this crisis”.