Monday, March 21, 2011

Haitian Police: Wyclef Jean Was Not Shot

Yesterday was election day in Haiti. The close race presented Haiti's 4.7 million voters with a choice between a political newcomer, entertainer and singer Michel Martelly, 50, and former first lady Mirlande Manigat, 70, a law professor and opposition matriarch. Wyclef Jean, who considered a presidential run but was barred from joining the slate, was in the country to vote. Then came word that he was shot in the hand while campaigning for Michel. In fact, he told CNN he heard "the sound of the booms" and was "grazed by a bullet." Former Fugees bandmate Pras Michel, who is in Haiti with Wyclef, tweeted Saturday night that Wyclef had been shot, but that "Everyone can relax Wyclef is fine... They can't stop us not one bullet or a machine gun!!!!!!!" The singer was treated for a superficial wound at a local hospital and released. Despite Wyclef's claims, Police Chief Vanel Lacroix said, according to doctors who treated the singer, he had suffered only a minor cut to his hand on glass.

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