Sean Penn criticises Wyclef Jean for running Haiti Presidency
Hollywood actor Sean Penn has criticised musician Wyclef Jean, set to run for the post of President in quake devastated Haiti, insisting that he has been "a non-presence" in aid efforts following the tragedy.world Updated: Aug 07, 2010 09:01 IST
Hollywood actor Sean Penn has criticised musician Wyclef Jean, set to run for the post of President in quake devastated Haiti, insisting that he has been "a non-presence" in aid efforts following the tragedy.
The Oscar-winning actor has made several trips to Haiti in the wake of the January quake and become heavily involved in charity efforts to help the survivors.
But he is not impressed with the 37-year-old singer and is convinced that allegations claiming the star misused money donated to his Yele Haiti foundation will come back to haunt him, the Contactmusic reported.
"He has been virtually silent for those of us in Haiti, he has been a non-presence. His voice has really been most loudly that which allegedly (sic) has taken over 400,000 dollars designated for Haitian relief for himself and claims he didn't do it. That has to be looked into," Penn said.
Jean, who found fame as a member of the Fugees before launching a career as a solo artist, plans to announce his bid to become the next president of the country, which will choose a new leader in November
"I've been there. I know what 400,000 dollars could do for these people's lives and for a 24-year-old girl right now who is dying. So, I want to see someone who is really, really willing to sacrifice for their country and not just someone who I personally saw with a vulgar entourage of vehicles that demonstrated a wealth in Haiti that - in context, I felt (was) a very obscene demonstration," Penn said.
First Published: Aug 07, 2010 09:00 IST