Poor thang! This whole “being-politically-active-in-your-homeland” thing hasn’t worked out so well for Wyclef.
Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean was recovering Sunday after he was shot in the hand, his publicist said.
Spokeswoman Cindy Tanenbaum said Jean, who was in Haiti, was shot in Port-au-Prince on Saturday — on the eve of the country’s presidential runoff vote.
The wound was superficial, she said.
The singer was taken to a hospital, treated and released.
“He is doing well,” Tanenbaum said.
Haitians are choosing between a former first lady and a popular musician Sunday in the pivotal presidential runoff vote for a nation still recovering from a devastating earthquake and political turmoil.
Former law professor and first lady Mirlande Manigat faces singer Michel Martelly in the second round of presidential elections.
Final results of the runoff will be released on April 16, according to officials.
Jean, who was born in Haiti, shot to fame in the mid-1990s as a member of the Fugees, a U.S.-based hip-hop and reggae group. He now performs as a solo artist.
He has been an outspoken proponent of Haiti through his Yele Haiti Foundation and was one of the first celebrities to offer aid after the earthquake.
In September, he officially ended his bid to be president of Haiti a month after election officials ruled that he was ineligible to run.
Jean previously vowed to fight the Haitian electoral council’s ruling that he was not a resident of the country.
As much as we kinda wanna laugh at “shot in the hand,” we hope this isn’t a foreshadowing of the climate in Haiti today.
Update: Wyclef was apparently getting out his car when he heard gunfire. He says he then noticed blood on his shirt and shoes, but had no clue where the shots came from or if they were aimed at him.
Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond tells AllHipHop.com he thinks “it is clear that enemies of progressive change in Haiti are behind the shooting of Wyclef -those that don’t want to accept that a monumental change is inevitable for the betterment of the Haitian people.”