News: Wyclef Jean Takes A Bullet For The Team, "It Brought Light To The Fact There Was An Election Going On"
Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 5:05PM
Activist/Rapper Wyclef Jean has reflected on his recent gunshot wound last week in Haiti and how the incident brought exposure to Haiti's forthcoming presidential election.
In Clef's eyes, despite the injury's seriousness, it brought awareness to his country.
"It brought light to the fact that there was an election going on that day," the hip-hop artist told PEOPLE on Saturday at the Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas. "I don't think none of you all knew about an election in Haiti until everyone heard what happened to me...It was definitely a graze...The bullet didn't go in or anything. There's a lot to the story ... The story is about the fact that we had an election and our party is in the lead. It's a young party, trying to take over the country." (PEOPLE)
Following the incident, Jean addressed what went down while lending support for the upcoming Haiti presidential election.
"We hear what's called in Creole 'catoosh,' the sound of the booms. Jumped in the car with [Haitian artist] FanFan, ran, picked my crew up, and went to the nearest hospital -- I think really, I got grazed, I think. Pras, when he put on Twitter that his cousin just got shot in the hand..." (CNN)
Once the injury became public, Jean's camp confirmed reports of him being injured.
His rep told E! News on Sunday that the former Fugee suffered "a minor graze to his hand," was bandaged up at a local hospital and sent on his merry, if slightly more cautious, way. But then the questions began: Why was he shot--and in, of all places, his hand? Had the shooter been caught? And then came the oddest query of them all: was it possible that Wyclef was never even shot to begin with? (E! Online)
Later reports suggested Clef was not struck by a bullet but rather glass.
Police in Haiti have dismissed singer and songwriter Wyclef Jean's claims that he was shot at citing doctors as confirming that the musician only sustained a minor cut from glass. "We met with the doctor who saw him and he confirmed Wyclef was cut by glass," Vanel Lacroix, police chief in Petionville, told the Daily Mail. Jean also said doesn't know who fired the 'shots', or whether they were directed at him. (International Business Times)
Check out a recent Wyclef Jean interview down below: