Wyclef Jean Destroyed By Reddit In His Own AMA

"I am 3X Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/producer Wyclef Jean, and today marks the 20th anniversary of the Fugees' The Score - Ask me Anything!" — the AMA began like any other, really. The first question then set the tone for what was to follow.

"Yeah I've got a question for you:

How dare you?"

On 12 January 2010, a devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti — killing over 220,000 people, and leaving a further 300,000 injured. Jean set up a charity, Yele Haiti, to help Haitian people recover from the disaster, and millions of dollars of donations came flooding in. The problem was, the charity was a scam.

"I have a question for you," asked Skybrew, "how do you sleep at night knowing that the money people were donating to your charity Yele could have been spent improving the lives of 'your people' but instead you spent it on yourself and your celebrity friends?

"How do you justify $600,000 in donations went to Yele's headquarters, which have since been abandoned, $375,000 to cover 'landscaping' costs, $470,000 spent on food and beverages, you paid yourself $100,000 to perform at a 'Charity' event for your presidency bid, $100,000 to your mistress, $30,763 to fly Hollywood Lindsay Lohan from New Jersey to a Chicago.

"You have stolen a total of $9 million dollars of the $16 million donated to Haiti. Do you feel like the biggest douche bag on earth or do you like stealing from the mouths of the poor and needy?"

It's now been two days since Jean opened himself up to questions, and then promptly deleted his account. Yele Haiti ceased operating in December 2012, following massive corruption within the organisation. USD$16 million was donated in 2010 alone, with only USD$5.1 million actually going towards emergency relief efforts in Haiti.

So where did the money go? Skybrew nails it.

Among the spending was more than $300,000 paid to a contractor owned by Jean's brother-in-law. $35,000 a month was paid for a house in Haiti used by Yele staff — well above standard rental rates in the region. Jean netted a $100,000 fee to perform at a charity fundraiser. $250,000 was spent on a telecommunication company in Haiti which he owned, he scored $31,000 a year for his own rent and his mistress received $105,000.

An investigation into the charity by the New York State Attorney General revealed further insight. "The forensic audit examined $3 million of the charity's 2005 to 2009 expenses and found $256,580 in illegitimate benefits to Mr. Jean and other Yele board and staff members as well as improper or potentially improper transactions," revealed The New York Times' Deborah Sontag.

"These included $24,000 for Mr. Jean's chauffeur services and $30,763 for a private jet that transported Lindsay Lohan from New Jersey to a benefit in Chicago that raised only $66,000."

$600,000 was spent on Yele's Haiti headquarters, which were abandoned by 2012. More than $300,000 was spent on landscaping, and a further $400,000 spent on food and beverages for Yele staff.

$93,000 was spent on temporary homes that were never built, $146,000 on a medical centre that never happened, and $230,000 worth of repairs on a plaza in the Cite Soleil slum are non-existent.

So much is left unanswered about Jean's dealings with Yele. Unless he returns to his AMA, it looks like they will remain that way.

Before deleting his account, Jean responded to a number of questions which have been heavily downvoted by Reddit users. In response to CHNYC's question: "With all that money you stole from those poor Haitians, why couldn't you help Lauryn Hill out with her tax bill?" Jean replied:

its so important that u understand that if u fully do real research u will understand that whenever u decide that u are going to do more then sing and dance u have to be ready for the lies that comes with it i have never stolen from my people i brought Haitian pride to my people and despite what they tried to do i am growing stronger everyday and will continue to do my part as i can see you are doing your part as well


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    Wow.... gettin the popcorn for this one for sure...

      $400,000 spent on food and beverages for Yele staff
      They might have some leftover popcorn for you.

        Legit still laughing out loud from this thirty seconds later lol!!!!

    He did answer some questions and he actually answered one about the charity issues, but since the account has now been deleted (yeah... dodgy dodgy), I can't find where he said something like, oh it's all just lies to discredit me blah blah blah.

    It's a shame his little intro autobiography was deleted as well, it was so full of it. Just a mess and showed he really didn't know what he was getting himself in to (read like a bio for some sort of investment portfolio and was written in the third person)

    Last edited 16/02/16 2:35 pm

      Third person makes me think like a lot these AMA, someone else is at the keyboard, however the answer typed later sure don't.
      Google Cache is your friend, you can read his intro via that - http://tinyurl.com/z274zhj

      You can read some answer here - https://www.reddit.com/user/OfficialWyclefJean

      I have no idea how you set them out to see them all with the question already.

        Cheers for the links! I've included them in the story. This trainwreck is amazing.

        Third person makes me think like a lot these AMA, someone else is at the keyboard
        I agree, some of those AMAs are really badly orhcestrated, often awkward promotional stints. "That's a great question, you can read the answer in my book, on stands next week"

        I'm not a reddit moderator, but in another life, I was the typist for several celebrity Q&A chat sessions.

        Celebs arent always:
        - where you need them to be (I was in Sydney, they were anywhere)
        - near a computer with a working internet connection (surfing some far-away breaks)
        - able to type fast enough to respond (some of the older celebs)
        - able to construct coherent sentences that should be made public (surfer)
        - able to respond in an engaging way (surfer)
        - able to concentrate long enough to get a good response from (that same damn surfer)
        - able to respond to good questions, and not, say, the aunt of the surfers girlfriend wanting to say hi to her "can you put her on the phone?" (ITS CHAT YOU MUPPETS)

        When you're basically typing on behalf of a celebrity, making them sound anything less than a star is dangerous to your future employment, as well as your bank balance.

      https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/45m1hl/i_am_3x_grammy_awardwinning/czyrnzi

      That's where he said the things.

    His account can still be found under u/OfficialWyclefJean, and here's the quote you're referring to:

    "its so important that u understand that if u fully do real research u will understand that whenever u decide that u are going to do more then sing and dance u have to be ready for the lies that comes with it i have never stolen from my people i brought Haitian pride to my people and despite what they tried to do i am growing stronger everyday and will continue to do my part as i can see you are doing your part as well"

    Last edited 16/02/16 2:47 pm

      Thanks for this! I've popped this quote in the story. Gold, pure gold.

    I'd also like all Australian charities to be forthcoming with where donations go. My guess is that less than $1 in $10 gets to the people for whom the money was donated.

      The problem is that whenever someone's sister dies they make a charity in their name. And famous people too. There are just too many charities.

      Let's say that running a charity and paying for people to run it costs $200k a year. When you get tens of millions of dollars, it's a drop in the bucket. But what about when you have literally thousands of charities, each one needing $200k. Then the millions is split up between all of them. A lot of money ends up running the charity and not going to what the charity is supporting.

        But what about when you have literally thousands of charities, each one needing
        their own sobriety month to get attention.
        There's only so many months in the year, its hard to tell what to support.

        The ACNC Register contains information about the more than 54,000 charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
        Possibly 53,997 after Shane Warne closes his, and Help Save The Furry Ones and White Ridge Rescue were de-registered last weel

        Incidentally, that's 54,000 organisations who can call you. Thanks DNC register.

          Does the 54K also include various sporting bodies that do not do sponge money but run their little associations making just enough to pay the rent and annual insurance premiums?

            Not in that number it seems.
            According to their site:
            The ACNC registers organisations as charities. Generally, sporting clubs or associations do not meet the legal meaning of charity. Although sporting and recreation clubs make a valuable contribution to our community, as a matter of law, their purposes are generally not recognised as charitable.

      There's an entity checking charities for transparency and scoring them accordingly. All good charities also have easily accessible transparency records.

    *flooding
    "Among the spending was more than $300,000 was paid to a contractor ... " (second 'was' is redundant.)
    :-)

    What a clown you are wyclef jean. Using charity donations meant for haiti to pay your wages because noone gives a shit about your music anymore.

    Last edited 17/02/16 6:17 am

    I just finished watching Godfather 1, 2 and 3.
    The charities that the Godfather donates to are money launderers. :)

    Another warm a fuzzy story that promotes charity.

    It's crooks like this that give charities a bad rep and ruin it for all.

    Hope carma gets the better of Wyclef Jean. What a low act.

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