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Mar042011

Usher Is Latest Celeb to Donate Earnings from Gadhafi Party

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Pop Superstar Usher announced Friday that he would give away money he received for his performance at a reported $1 million party for Moammar Gadhafi's son in 2009.  Usher's decision to donate the money comes after other A-list celebrities, including Beyonce, Mariah Care and Nelly Furtado, announced that they had donated money received from the Gadhafi family.

"I am sincerely troubled to learn about the circumstances surrounding the Nikki Beach St. Barts event that took place on New Year's Eve 2009," Usher said in a statement to ABC News and other organizations. "I will be donating all of my personal proceeds from that event to various human rights organizations."

A representative for the singer said that Usher has already promised a donation to Amnesty International.  The money will "support this urgent work to counter the brutal conditions like those imposed by Gadhafi and other leaders across the Middle East," Amnesty International said in a statement.

Documents from the U.S. State Department that were leaked on the WikiLeaks website, revealed that Usher and Beyonce had both performed at a New Year's Eve Party on St. Barts for Moammar Gadhafi's son.  The documents also revealed that Maria Carey had performed at a similar party for the dictator's son just one year before.

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