Elsewhere In The World: Wyclef Shot In Haiti On The Night Before Country’s Run-Off Election

- By Bossip Staff

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.”


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  • http://2centtab.blogspot.com/ Judah

    This is sad. I believe he wants the best for this country. He isnt perfect but who is…

    • Sally

      NICE NEWS !
      My friend Vanessa, a 25 yrs lady, has announced her wedding with a m’illionaire young man Ronald who is the CEO of a MNC. It’s amazing, she said she just posted her profile on a m’illionaire d’ating s’ite called ———RichMatchmaker. ℃○M——– – and received his chat invitations a few days later. Then, everything went so well that I can’t believe it’s true! Every love story will unfold on it’s own..——-
      Hope he takes the necessary precaution to protect hisself during this election…

  • ShortStuff

    It’s a blessing that bullet didn’t go anywhere else….I see they aren’t saying anymore about the shooting though..who did it & etc……hmmm…

  • ShortStuff

    Hope he takes the necessary precaution to protect hisself during this election…

    • AMBER

      Lets be real…
      black on black crime is even more prevalent in haiti and any other prominently black country. And its ironic that hes trying to lead the people that are most likely to kill him. aint that something.

    • Ellie

      @Amber…What a moronic statement the population of the country is pretty much black. It only makes sense that black on black crime is prevalent. What a foolish statement.

    • yt

      yeah amber, black-on-black crime is pretty common in a 100% black nation

      u must be some sort of math genius

  • Kadadah

    Pub. stunt 4 upcoming album 😦

    • Sha

      first song “someone please call 911 part 2”

      …sue me im glad he’s ok, but i couldn’t resist…

  • TattedChick

    They’re taking “biting the hand that feeds you” to a WHOLE other level…lol…I know…I’m going to hell…

  • daresay

    They shouldn’t harm him again ooooooo … coz that’s my Distant Relative and Big Bro right there. Get well soon bro.

  • Juliemango

    A scare tactic to run wyclef out of haiti the prefer sean penn sad the haitian ppl tent to show more respect to white helpers than the black ones they have alot of respect for white canadians especly the french speaking ones prolly bc they speak the same lang. Wyclef deserves their respect tho the man has done alot for those people. I seriously believe the land n ppl are in the hands of satan voodoo benefits are costly!!!

    • James Brick

      Co-sign 100%. I glad somebody bedsides myself saw something wrong with everyone taking Sean Penn side.

    • Jmagic

      Maybe besides Don Cheadle,black people arent in these countries year round but only when something bad happens and they have there name in the news…Sean penn,Brad pitt,and,George Clooney are there all year

    • Ellie

      Uh…My parents are Haitian and I have relatives who still live there. I also listen to different Haitian radio stations to keep up on events going on in Haiti. Most Haitians don’t really care about silly celebrity feuds such as Sean Penn and Wyclef’s drama. Haitians have tons of other concerns to focus on. It was here in America that was made out to be a big deal and morphed into white guy vs. black guy. People in Haiti are dying of cholera, living in tents or crumbling homes, starving, suffering and so on. Do you really think they were on celebrity gossip sites reading about Sean Penn and Wyclef along with Lindsay Lohan’s latest antics? Are you for real? Anyway if anyone thinksas Haitians as a whole view whites above all else you must not know much about Haitians.

      Anyway..many Haitians appreciated Wyclef’s charity and its efforts to make Haiti a better place. What people didn’t like was the fact that he tried to run for President when he hadn’t even been living in the country. It was like he was using the tragedy and his celebrity to try to catapult himself into a position he was not qualified to be in. He’s not even someone trained in law, politics, or government. It was an insult to Haitians that he felt he was fit to lead a nation that’s in so much despair. It’s pretty much the equivalent of Lil Wayne saying that he’s going to run for President of the U.S.


    The worst thing a nicca that made in out of the hood can do is try to go back….them haters will kill you!..crabs in a jar…if one gets almost to the top another will latch on and pull you back down. YOU GOT OUT STAY. OUT! DUDE that mentality dont change in the alleged self ruled Haiti. Y’all should whip Baby Doc azz at the airport!

    • http://! Just Bored

      I wish it wasn’t the truth, but it is, so I gotta co-sign on your statement!

      Black people, we gotta do better~!

    • Trini Sazon

      its sad but you are speaking nothing but the truth .. his own people are his worst enemy

  • keebler mf elf

    Lesson, you can’t help nigh gas

  • Fan of the Preacher's Son

    I think he is a genuine, talented musical genius that redefines the genres of music. To insinuate publicity stunt is unwarranted and comes from someone pessimistic. Stop with all the hate.

  • Africanking


    • Sa.s.sy24

      Why are you saying R.I.P he’s not dead

  • confidently_ugly

    “If I were president…”
    dont be so sure about Wyclef being a saint

  • nikki

    these comments are crazy lol but i hope he’s okay i truely feel he wants to help..i dont think it was planned, if it was thats just being desperate and sad…..

  • veryfunny

    o no!they must weally hate him over there,they just keep coming at him.hmmmn!poor thing.

  • CooCooKitty

    There are several countries that have had no advancement in their societies way of thinking. It’s been that way since biblical times(these countries have been at war since biblical times)and sadly will remain so until the end of time.

  • rip NAT TURNER

    YOU are the CLOWN if you are waiting for tweet of someones proof residency. Maybe you should stick with j breezy stories.

  • K....O...O...L.. G..U..Y.BAHAMAS


  • monique

    i didnt know he was running for prez….wow and a musician might be prez wow…anyway lol i would leave haiti for awhile he has seen the change… the election is close to being called…u just got shot…yeah time to take a break

  • "Someone has to die in order that the rest of us should value life more."

    Hand of reckoning: That was a message on some gangsta sh!t. At least Darth Vader isn’t his father.

  • What?

    I don’t think Haitians like him.



  • Sharock1

    A bullet grazed Wyclef’s hand. He needs to get out of the way ARISTIDES is back and is hugely popular.

    • Sharock1

      If not for the United States, i.e. then president Clinton, Aristides might have helped stabilize the country – but because he wouldn’t dance to big brother’s tune, the U.S. started sh*t in Haiti.

  • chocoroba

    You tryna make money from home, holla at me at chocoroba at hotmail dot com

  • http://dreshiest84@aol.com Dre

    I don’t doubt wyclef loves his country but most ppl love their countries and their culture but I feel like wyclef is phoney. He just makes it to obvious with his bullshit. Wasn’t his organization caught scamming money to help with the earthquake relief. He’s trying to do to much and this is the real world. Every single person has an agenda one way or another.

    • yt

      long story short, being in charge of a smouldering deathpit like haiti is serious shit, and noone really thinks an r&b singer should be put at the helm


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