Carey ‘ embarrassed’
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