Legal Documents Relating to Beyonce, Mathew Knowles May Shed Light on Singer's New Management, Touring Deals
Legal Documents Relating to Beyonce, Mathew Knowles May Shed Light on Singer's New Management, Touring Deals

Following in the footsteps of Nelly Furtado, Beyonce has announced that she has handed over the $1 million she earned performing for family members of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to charity.

The singer -- who performed with Usher at a 2009 New Year's Eve party in St. Barts -- gave the money to "earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, over a year ago," her publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told the Huffington Post Wednesday. "Once it became known that the third party promoter was linked to the Qaddafi family, the decision was made to put that payment to a good cause."

Noel-Schure told the site that Beyonce contributed the money to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, which was established after that country's devastating earthquake last year. A spokesperson for the fund confirmed that Beyonce give $1 million to the Clinton Foundation, which was accepting donations for Haiti relief, in the first few weeks after the disaster.

Still no word from reps for Mariah Carey, Usher or Lionel Richie, all of whom also performed for Gadhafi.

For a deeper dive on this subject, see Ray Waddell's article, "Beyonce, Usher, Furtado's Gigs For Gadhafi Raise The Question: Which Private Shows Are Unethical?," published on Billboard.biz earlier today.

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