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Jennifer Lopez accepted $10mn to perform for `thugs and cronies`

ANI  New York, July 15, 2013
First Published: 17:07 IST(15/7/2013) | Last Updated: 17:12 IST(15/7/2013)

Jennifer Lopez has been criticized by a nonprofit Human Rights Foundation for accepting lucrative fees of more than 10 million dollars to sing in front of despots and moguls from eastern Europe and Russia.



The On The Floor hit maker's performances emerged following a birthday serenade for Turkmenistan's authoritarian ruler, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, in June for which she was reportedly paid 1.5 million dollars, the New York Post reported.

HRF also listed four of Lopez's other dubious business dealings:

In July 2011, Uzbek industrialist, Azam Aslanov, paid the mum-of-two 1 million dollars to sing at his son's wedding.

In September 2012, Azerbaijan's officials booked the singer to perform at a FIFA soccer tournament and negotiated a contract for a music festival.

In October 2012, she performed in Belarus, a dictatorship.

In November 2012, Lopez visited Russia to sing for Alexander Yolkin, a bureaucrat accused of corruption.

Although Lopez's rep said that she regretted the incident and had no knowledge of human-rights issues surrounding Berdymukhamedov, who is a repressive leader accused of imprisoning and torturing critics, HRF president Thor Halvorssen, accused her and her managers of misleading fans.

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