50 Cent, Linked To Gadhafi Event , Donates Money

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NEW YORK (CBS4) — 50 Cent is the latest artist to make a donation to charity after it was revealed he performed at an event linked to the clan of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

A statement released to The Associated Press on Wednesday said the rapper, who has his own G-Unity foundation, will be making a donation to UNICEF to help with that organization’s relief efforts during the turmoil in Libya.

“In light of the ongoing events in Libya, 50 Cent will be making a donation to UNICEF, which is providing vital relief supplies to meet the needs of women and children at risk during this crisis,” said a representative for 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson.

50 Cent performed at a private event during the 2005 Venice Film Festival that was later linked to the Gadhafi clan. Gadhafi is battling rebels who are revolting against his rule, and faces an investigation for possible war crimes.

Last week, Beyonce, Usher, Mariah Carey and Nelly Furtado announced donations to charity in the wake of their participation in private concerts connected to the Gadhafis.

On Twitter, Furtado acknowledged getting $1 million to perform for guests in Italy in 2007; she said she was donating the money, but did not announce a charity.

Later that week, a representative for Beyonce said the superstar had already donated her fee, which was not disclosed, to Haiti earthquake relief efforts after she learned her 2009 New Year’s Eve performance on St. Bart’s was connected to the Gadhafis. Carey, who performed in St. Bart’s in 2008, said she wasn’t aware of the Gadhafi link and was “embarrassed,” but took full responsibility. Her representative said proceeds from a song on her upcoming album would be donated to organizations raising awareness about human rights.

Usher, who did not perform but was paid to appear at the Beyonce event, announced a donation to Amnesty International last week, saying he was “sincerely troubled” to learn about the connection. He also promised donations to other human rights groups.

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