The Haitian hip hop artist has been treated and released – but not before he met with violence on the eve of the presidential election.
(UPDATED: March 20, 2011, 3:30 PM EST) As voters hit the polls today, Wyclef says he’s recovering from a gunshot wound to his hand, in an act of violence that occurred late last night around 11 p.m. local time. He said was stepping out of a car to make a phone call when the shooting occurred in the city of Delmas, a few miles west of Port-au-Prince. “The way I can explain it is that the bullet grazed me in my right hand,” Jean told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “I heard blow, blow, blow and I just looked at my hand.”
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Wyclef Jean is in his native Haiti campaigning for fellow musician-turned-presidential candidate Michel Martelly, better known as Sweet Mickey. The shooting draws greater attention and scrutiny to an election already wrought with violence, uncertainty and protests.
“It was a minor graze to the hand,” said Cindy Tanenbaum, Wyclef’s spokeswoman. He was reportedly brought to a hospital for treatment and left a short time later. On his Twitter page, a comforting note was posted shortly after the shooting: “We have spoken to Wyclef, he is ok. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers – Management.”
Wyclef himself vied for a place on Haiti’s ballot back in September, but he was forced to drop out of the race after the election council’s ruling that he didn’t meet residency requirements.
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