The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Haitian-American hip-hop star Wyclef Jean was shot Saturday night in Haiti while campaigning for a presidential run. He was admitted to a hospital in Port-au-Prince, treated and released.
Jean launched a campaign to run for president of Haiti last year but his candidacy was disqualified by the government agency that oversees the election.
According to the source, Jean, who was somewhat dazed with his right hand in a bandage, arrived to cast his ballot at a small voting center Sunday. The star talked about the incident when being surrounded by fans and Haitian journalists.
On Saturday night, Jean had been driving around Port-au-Prince with Fan Fan, another Haitian hip-hop artist, and his driver. Jean had gotten out of his car to talk on his cell phone since he doesn’t like to talk on the phone with his driver present. Then, he heard shots, which “sounded like pops.”
He said, “I looked at my hand and it was bleeding. Then it started throbbing intensely.” His driver quickly took him to a nearby hotel, and then to a clinic. A doctor stitched up the wound and Jean was released. He also said he didn’t know if the shots had been meant for him.