Carey ‘ em­bar­rassed’

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

MARIAH Carey says she was un­aware she was booked to per­form a con­cert linked to Libyan leader Muam­mar Gaddafi’s clan – and she’s em­bar­rassed.

Carey is among a hand­ful of en­ter­tain­ers who were paid hand­some fees to give ex­clu­sive pri­vate con­certs, later re­vealed to be paid for by the fam­ily of Libyan leader Gaddafi, whose coun­try is in an open revolt against him and who faces an in­ves­ti­ga­tion for pos­si­ble war crimes.

This week, Nelly Fur­tado an­nounced she is giv­ing the $ US1 mil­lion fee she was paid in 2007 to char­ity; Bey­once said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day that she do­nated her fees for a 2009 New Year’s Eve per­for­mance in St. Bart’s to Haiti earth­quake re­lief once she dis­cov­ered the Gaddafi link. Carey per­formed in St Bart’s in 2008, but said Thurs­day she didn’t know she was per­form­ing for Gaddafi.

‘‘ I was naive and una ware o f who I was booked to per­form for.

‘‘ I feel hor­ri­ble and em­bar­rassed to have par­tic­i­pated in this mess,’’ the 40-year-old singer said in a state­ment.

UN­AWARE: Mariah Carey is one of the artists who re­ceived big pay­ments for pri­vate Gaddafi con­certs

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