Pop singer Nelly Furtado said she received $1 million to perform for guests of the Libyan leader’s family—and now she’s going to donate the money, she acknowledged on Monday.
“In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy. I am going to donate the $,” Furtado said via Twitter.
As leader, Muammar el-Qaddafi continues to crack down on protesters demanding the end of his four decade rule, new details about the lavish and eccentric lifestyle of Qaddafi and his family provide a tragicomic counterpoint.
Furtado is one of several American pop singers paid large sums of money by the Qaddafi family to perform: Cables leaked by WikiLeaks to the The New York Times say that Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi bristled at reports that he paid Mariah Carey $1 million to sing four songs at a New Year’s party on the Caribbean island of St. Barts in 2009, taking to his own newspaper to blame his brother Muatassim, also Libya's national security adviser.
Last year, Muatassim had another New Year's bash, hiring Beyonce and Usher, an extravagance that the cable said “provided local observers with enough dirt for a Libyan soap opera.” The diplomatic cable cites a “local political observer” as saying that Muatassim’s “carousing and extravagance angered some locals, who viewed his activities as impious and embarrassing to the nation.”