Jennifer Lopez Accused of Taking Millions from 'Crooks and Dictators'
Jennifer Lopez plead ignorance last month when human rights abuse watchers blasted the singer for accepting money to sing for the head of a repressive regime.
The erswhile Jenny from the Block's team said the star never would have taken the gig had she known about the Turkmenistan leader's shady past.
Now, Lopez is being accused of crooning for more "crooks and dictators," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"The ‘Jenny-from-the-block-who-doesn't-Google’ clarification may be credible in one instance, but it beggars belief in light of a pattern of repeated behavior," said Human Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen.
The Human Rights Foundation says that its research shows that in July 2011, Lopez was paid $1 million by Uzbek industrialist Azam Aslamov to perform at the wedding of his son. One of the guests at the wedding was Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov. Earlier, Lopez was paid $1.4 million to perform at the birthday celebration in Moscow of allegedly corrupt Russian businessman Telman Ismailov,according to Halvorssen.
In September 2012, according to HRF, Lopez was booked by the dictatorship of Azerbaijan to perform at a FIFA soccer tournament for a reported $2.5 million. While in the capital city of Baku, the foundation alleges, Lopez’s representatives met with the dictator’s wife and began negotiating a contract to put together a music festival in Azerbaijan in partnership with Los Angeles-based Creative Artists Agency. The event was initially planned for September 2013 but has been rescheduled to 2014.