Posted Thu, March 3, 2011 5:37pm EDT

Usher, 50 Cent & More Paid Millions By Dictator Gaddafi: Should They Give It Back?

Posted Thu, March 3, 2011 5:37pm EDT

Several A-listers pocketed tons of cash to perform for the Libyan dictator and his family and now the pressure is on to give it back, like Beyoncé and Nelly Furtado!

Some of Hollywood’s biggest names are having a bit of a headache, thanks to the latest world crisis. Muammar Gaddafi has ruled Libya for 42 years, and his country’s people have revolting against his dictatorship and begging him to step down. The strongman who has been linked to deadly terror attacks against Americans has paid artists like Usher, Beyoncé and 50 Cent millions to perform for him at lavish parties.

Beyoncé reportedly sang five songs for Gaddafi in 2009 at his New Year’s Eve party in St. Barts — and she just announced that she donated her $2 million fee to Haiti earthquake relief charities.

“Once it became known that the third-party promoter was linked to the Gaddafi family,” Beyoncé’s website states. “The decision was made to put that payment to a good cause.”

Along with Beyoncé, Nelly Furtado, took to her Twitter on March 3 to say she would donate the $1 million he paid her in 2007 for performing at an Italian hotel.

Mariah Carey also released a statement to People magazine regarding the Libyan money she received: “I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess.”

Other celebrities who have reportedly been paid in the past are Usher, 50 Cent and most likely many others.

Do you think these stars should keep the money they were paid. After all they did fulfill their contracts. Or should they be ashamed to have taken the money at all and now take the opportunity to make better use of “blood money” associated with the Libyan dictator?

— Chloe Melas

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