September 7th, 2010
01:47 PM ET
It’s been weeks since Wyclef Jean announced his intention to run for president of Haiti – and was subsequently not approved to do so – but the musician still appears to be locked in a "he said, he said" with actor and activist Sean Penn.
The latest back-and-forth between the two was sparked on Friday, when Jean let loose a few incendiary lyrics towards Penn while performing at a concert in New York.
“I got a message for Sean Penn,” Jean sang, “Maybe he ain't see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.”
(Penn wrote a piece on Huffington Post in late August asserting that he hadn't seen Jean during the country’s rebuilding efforts after the earthquake. “I was there for those 6 months after the earthquake and so many of us on the ground wondered where he was when that kind of attention was so necessary and absent, and why he was NOT helping to keep this desperate situation in the news,” he wrote.)
In response to Jean’s performance, Penn said in a statement via his rep, “Mr. Jean is clearly unfamiliar with the physical demands put upon volunteers in Haiti. As aid workers there, the notion of depleting the body’s immune system thru [sic] the use of illicit drugs is ludicrous.”
The statement went on, “More specifically, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (a.k.a. JPHRO) has a ZERO tolerance policy for any and all illegal drugs. As the leader of this organization, Sean Penn has not only set this policy, but adheres to it. That Mr. Jean would make such a false accusation is reckless and saddening, but not surprising.”
But the 50-year-old star wasn’t the only person Jean took aim at during his performance. He also went after former bandmate Pras, who said he supported Jean's opponent.
"I got a message for Praswell," Jean sang. "Even though you don't want to support me, I got love for you, even though you only kicked 8 bars in the Fugees."
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