Wyclef Jean denied allegations that he had personally profited from his earthquake-relief charity, Yéle Haiti, during an emotional press conference Monday, People.com reports. The Smoking Gun reported last week that the musician had used $410,000 in the foundation’s funds for rent, production services, and his own appearance at a benefit concert. “Did we make mistakes? Yes. Did I ever use any of Yéle’s money for personal benefits? Absolutely not,” Jean said Monday. “Yéle’s books are open and transparent, and we have been a clean bill of health by an external auditor every year since we started.” Yéle Haiti president Hugh Locke offered to make past tax forms public to prove the organization had not engaged in any wrongdoing. However, he acknowledged that the group had filed the last three years’ worth of tax forms late.
Posted January 19 2010 — 9:32 AM EST
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