Jennifer Lopez Issues Apology After Controversial Gig
J.Lo was asked to sing Happy Birthday to a political leader...
Monday, July 1, 2013 - 10:41
Jennifer Lopezhas issued an apology after singing 'Happy Birthday' to controversial political leader, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.
The former American Idol judge sung to him as a last minute request during her show in Avaza on Saturday night (June 29).
J.Lo was criticised for carrying out his wish, after Berdimuhamedow - who is the leader of Turkmenistan - was accused by organisations such as Human Rights Watch of oppressing human rights.
Speaking of the gig, a rep for Lopez has since said in a statement: "Had there been knowledge of human rights issues any kind, Jennifer would not have attended."
The publicist added that the show - which was hosted by the China National Petroleum Corporation, who do business with Turkmenistan - was not a political event.
The Live It Up singer is not due to make any further appearances in the country, with the rep also choosing not to disclose J.Lo's performance fee.
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