Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Usher Urged to Return Millions to Qaddafi
Music industry insiders want Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Usher to open up their wallets!
RollingStone.com reports that the trio of Grammy winners are being urged to give back the millions of dollars they earned performing for the family members of Muammar Qaddafi. The Obama Administration has called for the Libyan dictator -- who has ruled for 40 years -- to step down after an uprising against him left 1,000 Libyans dead.
Carey banked $1 million for a lavish 2008 New Year's Eve bash in St. Barts, where she performed for Qaddafi's son, Muatassim, Libya's national-security adviser. Beyonce, 29, and Usher, 32, earned undisclosed sums for performing on the same Caribbean island in 2009.
"If it were me, it would go to charity," Buck Williams, agent for R.E.M. tells Rolling Stone of the money they earned. Seconded David T. Viecelli, agent for Arcade Fire, "Hopefully donate it to a charity that somehow assists some of the people who have suffered at the hands of that regime."
Already listening to the plea? Nelly Furtado, 32, who tweeted that she plans to donate the money she pocketed.
"In 2007, I received 1million$ from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min. Show for guests at a hotel in Italy," she wrote. "I am going to donate the $."