What appeared to be a nice vacation to celebrate their five-year anniversary has now turned into a nightmare for Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as an active investigation is reportedly underway.
According to reports, Republican members of Congress have reached out to the U.S. Treasury Department to find out if the superstar couple had a license to visit Cuba last week.
In a letter dated on Friday, U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, asked Adam Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, for “information regarding the type of license that Beyonce and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.” Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart represent districts in south Florida where there is a high Cuban-American population. “Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda,” the letter said. “We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents.” (Yahoo News)
The music stars could face the wrath of having to pay a fine if things do not go their way.
The AP further reports that the State Department didn’t know about the trip prior. And, if the couple did not obtain the proper licenses to travel to Cuba, they could pay a fine. While the embargo has been in place for over 50 years, President Obama has made concessions for travel there for academic, religious or cultural exchanges. (MTV)
Cuban activist Maurico Claver-Carone publicly spoke out against the mega couple heading into the weekend.
Mauricio Claver-Carone, the D.C. director for the US-Cuba Democracy PAC — a group committed to fighting for democracy in Cuba — tells TMZ the A-listers should’ve educated themselves about what’s really going on there before taking photo ops. Jay and Bey were photographed Thursday in Havana — reportedly to celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary — but have since come under fire from some Cuban-American groups. (TMZ)
Photos of the unexpected journey surfaced across the Internet last week.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé enjoyed a Communist State of Mind on Thursday, celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba. The “Empire State of Mind” Brooklyn rapper and his “Crazy in Love” crooner wife were mobbed by starstruck fans as they toured Old Havana wearing dark sunglasses and vacation gear. Beyoncé also wore an eye-catching braided beehive hairdo. (New York Daily News)