Sean Penn Slams Wyclef Jean's Role in Rebuilding Haiti, Denounces Presidential Plans
Sean Penn is no stranger to media attention, but he's also fairly reserved in recent years. News and media reports though have Sean Penn publicly denouncing Wyclef Jean's plans to run in the Presidential Election in Haiti this fall. Mind you, Penn has spent considerable time in Haiti working to help the citizens rebuild their country and improve living conditions.
Yahoo! News provides us with an excellent article filled with more information:
Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn poured cold water on Wyclef Jean's bid for the Haitian presidency on Wednesday, questioning the motives of the musician and those backing his campaign.
Penn, who has spent extended periods in Haiti since the devastating January 12 earthquake, told CNN in an interview that Jean had been a "non-presence" during efforts to rebuild the state in the months since the disaster.
"He has been virtually silent for those of us in Haiti, he has been a non-presence," said Penn, who has been running a 55,000-person tent camp through the J/P Haitian Relief Organization he co-founded.
While acknowledging Jean was an "important voice," Penn also accused the hip-hop artist of misusing more than 400,000 dollars donated to his charity.
"His voice has really been most loudly that which allegedly has taken over 400,000 dollars designated for Haitian relief for himself and claims he didn't do it," Penn said. "That has to be looked into."