Breaking news: Singer and activist Wyclef Jean was shot Saturday night while hanging out in Haiti with Busta Rhymes. The shooting happened just hours before the country’s presidential elections, a race that Jean was campaigning in as a candidate last year, before he was determined to be ineligible. Reports claim that the singer has already been released from a hospital outside of Port-au-Prince after being treated for his injuries.
Soon after being shot, the singer’s Twitter page chirped out this bit of good news: “We have spoken to Wyclef, he is ok. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers — Management.” Former Fugees bandmate Pras Michel later chimed in and spread the good word to Blackberrys the world over: “Yes they shot Wyclef and he’s in the hospital and he’ll be fine. They just shot his hand.”
Despite the injured hand, Wyclef Jean was soon reported to be writing a new song, entitled “Elections (Right Hand Man)” while resting in his hospital bed. Additionally, unverified reports (courtesy of Billboard) are claiming that former-actor Busta Rhymes was on the scene at the time of the shooting, but is luckily uninjured (as were all bystanders), and is back in the studio phoning in his next verse.
• Wyclef Jean: www.myspace.com/wyclefjean
[Photo: Joe Raedle]