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May 02, 2013

Rap Star's Shuttered Haiti Charity Sued Over $100,000 Debt

A hospitality firm is suing Yele Haiti, the defunct foundation run by hip hop artist Wyclef Jean, claiming the charity stiffed it on a contract to provide job training for Haitians, reports the New York Daily News.

HVS Global Hospitality Services said the Manhattan-based foundation owes it $108,972 for a hospitality training and education program on the poverty-stricken island in 2011. The suit is the first in New York against Yele, but several Haitian firms have reportedly taken the charity to court over unpaid debts.

Mr. Jean, a native of Haiti and former frontman of rap group the Fugees, founded Yele in 2005. The charity rocketed to international prominence following the catastrophic Haiti earthquake in January 2010, raising $2-million in a matter of days, but it came under scrutiny for its financial practices and shut down last year after an audit raised questions about payments from Yele to Jean, his relatives, and business associates.