50 Cent to donate Gadhafi money to UNICEF
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson admit this week that he had performed for Muammar Gadhafi and will be making a donation to UNICEF.
"In light of the ongoing events in Libya, 50 Cent will be making a donation to UNICEF," Jackson's representation told E! News, "which is providing vital relief supplies to meet the needs of women and children at risk during this crisis."
50 Cent also does charity work through his G-Unity Foundation. The rapper took heat for performing at the 2005 Venice Film Festival, an event which was organized by family members of Gadhafi.
Several other musicians have also come under fire recently for accepting large amounts of money to perform for the Libyan dictator's clan.
Last week, Beyonce issued a statement that she had donated the reported $1 million she received from performing on the island of St. Barts on New Year's Eve in 2009, when she found out the performance was linked to the Gadhafi clan.
A spokesperson from the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund confirmed that they had received the $1 million check shortly after the Haiti earthquake.
Earlier in the month, Nelly Furtado tweeted that she received $1 million from the Gadhafi clan to perform in Italy in 2007 and plans to donate the money to charity.
"I am sincerely troubled to learn about the circumstances surrounding the Nikki Beach St. Bart's event that took place on New Year's Eve 2009," Usher said in a statement, as reported by ABC News. "I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations."
Mariah Carey also came forward and admit that she was "naive" for performing a 2008 New Year's party for Gadhafi's son and will donate proceeds from a song called her new song, "Save the Day" to human rights charities, reports entertainment site Showbiz 411.Jackson made his name as a rapper before venturing into acting. His film credits include "Righteous Kill," "Twelve," "13," and "Caught in the Crossfire." Jackson will star as a police officer in the upcoming crime drama, "Freelancers" and has a 20-film deal with Lionsgate for his production company, Cheetah Vision Films.
Jackson was raised in Queens, NY by his grandparents after his father ran out and his mother was shot when he was 8-years-old. His first single as 50 Cent was "Thug Love" with Destiny's Child and he was shot twice in the head, three days before filming the music video for the song.
50 Cent has been romantically linked to comedian Chelsea Handler and singer Ciara in the past year, but both ladies claimed that they were just friends with the rapper.