Rapper Wyclef Jean is reportedly being accused of paying an alleged mistress $105,000 through his Yele Haiti charity fund.
Speculation on the alleged mistress, named Zakiya Khatou, began to circulate online this week.
Back in late January, shortly after the 7.0 earthquake hit, Yéle Haiti was criticized for spending money on production crews in previous years, and Jean himself was accused of using money from the organization for his personal use. Jean admitted mistakes in the past, but denied wrongdoing and said he’d never take money from the organization, during anemotional press conference. On Thursday, March 11, The Smoking Gun printed Yéle Haiti’s 2009 tax return, showing that $105,000 was paid to Zakiya Khatou-Chevassus, a woman several sources say is the rapper’s mistress. (Huffington Post)
Additional reports suggest Khatou’s involvement with his charity should be called into question.
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 endeavors as well as his charitable ones–and was involved romantically with the former Fugees star. “She worked for Wyclef on all Wyclef matters,” says one source who has worked with Jean in the past. (Gawker)
Wyclef has also addressed the matter on Twitter.
“When Donkeys spread rumors about me I dont Respond cause I’m the master that leads them to the Well to drink the Water. Yele haiti 4 life! If you Ride with me you are on the Right side or you can follow your slave master and believe what he tells you. Yele haiti 4 life Since some of you like to believe everything you read with out having Facts pass this around! Wyclef is A Alien from out of space. I have been spending money n my country since I was a Fugees! why is it now after the Quake I am being Excuse! They fear I’m gaining ground And don’t get it twisted! My Garage could fit half of the people on twitter why would I steal Charity Money! Your gotta come better den dat. Dey had excused martin luther king @ 1 time, saying the FundS raise was for him and his Family! See the light People! Stop being auncle tom! (Wyclef Jean’s Twitter)
Last January, the rapper spoke on helping his fellow Haitians in their time of need.
“I have asked, the Haitian people on the ground of course is gonna be suffering, frustrated, violence, I tell them that I do not cry for myself,” Clef told reporters. “I cry for them. And I told them, just permit us a little time. We gonna be back on the ground on Saturday. And we’ll be back on the ground every week until we help the situation. We need to migrate at least two million people in different parts outside of Port-au-Prince — I give you my word, if I tell them to go, they will go but they need somewhere to go to. So help us work on these tents and as you work on these tents, keep in mind that we’re moving into the 21st century of Haiti. Which means beyond the tent, we’re working on new communities.” (Associated Press)
Check out Wyclef Jean’s press conference down below: