50 Cent has become the latest artist to donate his fee for a private gig linked with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to charity. The rapper has said he has made a donation to Unicef. He performed at a private gig in Venice in 2005.
Beyonce, Usher, Mariah Carey and Nelly Furtado have already publicly announced donations to charity in the wake of their participation in private concerts connected to the Gaddafis.
A statement from a representative for 50 Cent said: “In light of the ongoing events in Libya, 50 Cent will be making a donation to Unicef, which is providing vital relief supplies to meet the needs of women and children at risk during this crisis.”
Beyonce recently revealed she would give her fee to help the Haiti earthquake relief fund. I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations.
Her spokeswoman said: “Once it became known the third party promoter was linked to them, the decision was made to put the payment to a good cause.”
Usher was also paid to attend the same party, he said: “I am sincerely troubled to learn about the circumstances surrounding the Nikki Beach St. Bart’s event that took place on New Year’s Eve 2009. “I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations.”
Earlier this month Canadian singer Nelly Furtado announced on Twitter that she is giving away $1 million (£614,703) received for a performance for the Gaddafis four years ago in Italy.