Mary J. Blige takes steps to get foundation on track
May 30th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

Mary J. Blige takes steps to get foundation on track

It's been a rough few months to be Mary J. Blige.

First there was that controversial Burger King commercial she starred in for the chain's crispy chicken wrap (which, following criticism, was quickly snatched out of rotation), and now her charity is being sued for allegedly not paying a $250,000 bank loan.

According to a court filing dated May 15, her charity, Foundation For Advancement of Women Now - otherwise known as FFAWN - is being sued for the principal amount, interest and attorney fees for the loan that was taken out in June 2011.

Blige has since issued an apology, and told CNN in a statement that contrary to reports, the organization isn't shuttering its doors.

"As soon as I was informed of the issues at FFAWN," Blige said in a statement about the suit, filed by TD Bank, "I immediately called my advisors and lawyers to get to the bottom of what was happening. As Founder and CEO of FFAWN, I am ultimately responsible for anything that goes wrong."

The problem, she continued, "is that I didn't have the right people in the right places doing the right things. This should have never been allowed to happen, but it did and now we are fixing it. The good news is that we have been in touch with the MJB Center in Yonkers and the scholarship program, and both are in good shape."

The organization has no plans to shut down, Blige added, saying that "FFAWN is working as quickly as possible with a new team of experts that includes a philanthropic consulting firm, a non-profit law firm, and a forensic accountant. Their goal is to get the Foundation back on track, rectify outstanding issues, and make good on all of FFAWN's obligations."

Blige and music industry executive Steve Stoute launched FFAWN in 2008. She opened the Mary J. Blige Center for Women in her hometown of Yonkers, New York, in 2009.

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  1. Neka

    Good for her. I support Mary J and her cause. As soon as I read about the lawsuit , I knew it was incompetent people behind the scenes. I truly believe the investigation should focus on the people at Ffawn and not Mary.

    May 30, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |

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