Since being reportedly shot over the weekend, there’s been some controversy over whether or not former Fugees frontman Wyclef was actually hit by a bullet, or if it was a publicity stunt.
Some online reports suggest that several sources within the country have denied claims by Clef’s camp, saying that he was simply cut with a piece of glass and is using the injury as leverage for media coverage.
Clef has been quiet, but chose to speak out on Monday (March 21), detailing his brush with death in an interview with CNN, while brushing off rumors that the story was fabricated.
“Basically, it’s night. I’m with my chauffeur, FanFan, get out the car, make a call … make a long story short: we hear what’s called in Creole ‘catoosh,’ the sound of the booms,” Wyclef explained to CNN. “I look, hand gushing with blood. Jumped in the car with FanFan, ran, picked my crew up, and went to the nearest hospital. I think really, I got grazed, I think. Pras, when he put on Twitter that his cousin just got shot in the hand…”
Pras, who recently squashed their longtime beef during a flight to Haiti, chimed in, saying he and Wyclef want the media focus on the current Haitian election, rather than the shooting.
“We don’t really want to focus on that, because we think it’s just a distraction from what’s going on with the election,” Pras said “We don’t really want to play it up because people are going to take it the wrong way and it’s going to excite the people. People are going to come up in arms. We want this election to be as smooth as possible.”
Was the incident politically motivated? Or was Clef targeted specifically? He refused to speculate on that.
Reports surfaced on Saturday (March 19) that Wyclef had been shot, rather grazed by a bullet in the hand, as he stepped outside his vehicle to make a phone call. Shortly after the word spread, the rapper’s camp released a statement, saying that Wyclef was doing fine and was recovering after a “minor graze.”
Several reports and accounts made their way to the net since the initial revelation, some of which questioned the validity of the rapper’s claims. Now, he’s cleared things up.
“There’s 50 million different stories on the Internet,” Clef further explained. “This is Haiti, it’s a city of rumors. There’s another [rumor] with me and Busta Rhymes in the car.”
Jean has in Haiti helping the presidential campaign of popular musician Michel Martelly, who is on the ballot against former first lady Mirlande Manigat in Sunday’s pivotal presidential runoff election.
At press time, results were unknown. They will be released on April 16.