Nelly Furtado to Donate Gadhafi's $1 Million Payday

Singer tweets that she'll give away money made from performing for Gadhafi clan.

February 21, 2011, 1:07 PM

March 1, 2011 -- Singer Nelly Furtado plans to donate the $1 million she was paid to perform for the "Gadhafi clan," Furtado announced on Twitter Monday, while other celebrities have stayed silent on the hefty paychecks they reportedly received from the family of the Libyan strongman.

Furtado told fans the million-dollar performance took place at a hotel in Italy for members of the Gadhafi family and guests in 2007. Furtado's announcement came after news surfaced that celebrity A-listers Mariah Carey, Usher and Beyonce had each taken the stage for one of Gadhafi's sons.

According to leaked U.S. State Department documents, Carey was paid $1 million for a New Year's Eve 2008 performance for Mutassim Gadhafi at St. Barts island in the Caribbean. Beyonce sang and Usher presented at a similar party the very next year to the tune of another $1 million, according to the documents.

As rebel forces in Libya organize against the Gadhafi regime, the celebrities that performed for his family are also facing resistance from fans who said they should give the proceeds away as well.

"It is absolutely disgraceful that Usher and Beyonce would agree to perform for Gadhafi's sons no matter how much money they were offered," one commenter wrote on an ABC News message board following the initial report.

"Beyonce, Usher and Mariah Carey should give the money they made from these performances to the American families who had loved ones on that flight," another said, apparently referring to the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am flight 103 to which Gadhafi has been personally linked.

Representatives for Beyonce, Usher and Carey -- along with several other celebrities who were spotted at the parties but did not perform -- have not responded to multiple requests for comment for this report. Furtado did not say where the money was going and a representative for the pop singer also did not respond to a request for comment.

Video of the New Year's 2009 party, shot by a party-goer and obtained by ABC News, shows an intimate affair with Beyonce singing several songs just feet away from attendees.

CLICK HERE to go inside Mutassim's New Years Eve 2009 party.

Wikileaks: Some Libyans 'Embarrassed' By Gadhafi Son's Behavior

Despite the heavy celebrity attendance, "Mutassim seemed to be surprised by the fact that his [2010] party was photographed and the focus of international media attention," a U.S. official said in a 2010 State Department cable posted on the website Wikileaks. "His carousing and extravagance angered some [Libyan] locals, who viewed his activities as impious and embarrassing to the nation."

But if the lavish soiree was embarrassing to some, other international news coverage the family received just a few days before was worse. Then, one of Mutassim's seven brothers, Hannibal, allegedly physically abused his wife, who was later told to tell investigators she had been injured in an "accident," a U.S. official said in a leaked cable.

Hannibal and another brother, Saadi, have "checkered histories of unseemly behavior and public scuffles with authorities in Europe and elsewhere," the official said. According to the same document, another of Gadhafi's sons, Saif al-Arab, described as a "ne'er-do-well," lives in Munich where he "pursues ill-defined business interests and spends much time partying."

"The German Ambassador has expressed concern to us that it is only a matter of time before there is an incident involving him," the official said.

Some of Gadhafi's sons brought so much negative attention to the family that the Libyan dictator assigned a high government official to play the role of a "minder of the more troublesome [Gadhafi] offspring," according to the documents. After an incident in which Saadi disobeyed his father's orders and traveled to Rome, Italy, that minder was removed and Gadhafi's daughter, Aisha, reportedly filled the void.

The Wikileaks disclosures are not news, however, to the Libyan people, who have been well aware of the exploits of the Gadhafi children for years, according to Mansour El-Kikhia, chairman of the department of political science and geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio and author of "Libya's Qaddafi: The Politics of Contradiction".

"We have been talking about what they do, how spoiled they are, how much they abuse their position, how much they manipulated the system to serve themselves," El-Kikhia told ABC News.

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