Wyclef Jean was shot in Haiti before presidental runoff. Or not.
As if being declared ineligible to run for president in Haiti wasn't bad enough for Wyclef Jean, the singer/producer was shot in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, the night before the nation's presidential runoff election. Really, maybe he should just stay in Brooklyn from now on.
The 37-year-old stepped out of his car to talk on the phone when he was shot in the hand, CNN reports. "He heard a gunshot, then he saw his right-hand palm was bleeding," his Haitian spokeman, Gerry Andre, said. Spokeswoman Cindy Tanenbaum added that "he is doing well" after being treated for the superficial wound and was released.
"The way I can explain it is that the bullet grazed me in my right hand," Jean told the New York Daily News. "I heard blow, blow, blow and I just looked at my hand." Andres said he "cannot accuse anybody" of targeting the singer specifically, and Wyclef himself refused to speak to police for the investigation. Maybe he's worried about someone finishing the job.
Problem is, cops say they spoke to the attending doctor, who says Wyclef really only accidentally cut his hand on some glass. That's a long way from being shot by an unnamed gunman. He was in the country campaigning for Michel Martelly, another musician running for president. A spokesman for the campaign said Wyclef was already back out working the crowds on Sunday. Results from the runoff will be released Apri 16, which is plenty of time for Jean to hop a plane back to the states.
[Photo: 'Clef casts his ballot on Sunday, making a big show of his bandaged right hand. We smell more broken beer bottle than Cordite on this one. AP]