Wyclef Jean Shot in Haiti

Haiti Elections

Haitian-American singer Wyclef Jean, was shot while campaigning in Haiti. Source: The Daily Telegraph

Haiti Elections

Haitian-American singer Wyclef Jean was grazed by a bullet in the hand when he stepped out of his car in Haiti to make a phone call. Picture: AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa. Source: The Daily Telegraph

HAITIAN-American hip-hop star Wyclef Jean told Sunday of how he was shot in the hand Saturday night while in Haiti campaigning for a presidential candidate.

Jean is himself a former presidential contender in the nation — and many think he could have been the next leader had the Haiti electoral commission not disqualified him as a candidate last year because he did not meet residency requirements.

Jean, who reached superstardom as a member of hip-hop trio the Fugees, has been in Haiti for the past few days supporting the campaign of his friend and fellow musician Michel Martelly, a carnival singer known as “Sweet Micky.”

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Sunday, a somewhat dazed Jean, his right hand in a bandage, arrived to cast his ballot at a small voting center. The star was immediately mobbed by fans and Haitian journalists. As he described Saturday night’s mysterious shooting incident, Jean said he was still feeling a bit out of it because a doctor had given him antibiotics.

On Saturday night, the singer said his hand had been grazed by a bullet as he talked on his cell phone. As Jean put it, he had been driving around Port-au-Prince with Fan Fan, another Haitian hip-hop artist, and his driver. Jean said he had gotten out of his car to talk on his cell phone — because he doesn’t like to talk on the phone with his driver present — when he heard shots, which “sounded like pops.”

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“I looked at my hand and it was bleeding,” said Jean. “Then it started throbbing intensely.”

His driver quickly took him to a nearby hotel, and then to a clinic, where a doctor stitched up the wound.

Jean said he didn’t know if the shoots had been meant for him. “There are a thousand rumors,” he said, somewhat mysteriously. “This is Haiti. It’s a city of rumors.”

2 Responses to “Wyclef Jean Shot in Haiti”

  1. hello clef, stop perpetrating a fraud on the people
    antibiotics for a gunshot wound?
    let me guess you got infected with salmonella afterwards
    none other than the police chief of petionville [part of port au prince] is saying that clef was cut by a piece of glass

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