Mariah Carey to Return Gaddafi Family Fee

Mariah Carey to Return Gaddafi Family Fee
Mariah Carey and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi
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03/03/2011 AT 01:55 PM EST

Add Mariah Carey to the roster of names that includes songstress Nelly Furtado who are returning their reported $1 million fees for performing for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s family.

Gaddafi is currently being investigated for possible war crimes, including the ordering of the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people.

Carey, 41, in a statement to PEOPLE, said, "I was naïve and unaware of who I was booked to perform for. I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess."





The singer continues, "Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who book our shows. Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable."

Carey, who is due to have twins with husband Nick Cannon, also has started a foundation and written a song, "Save the Day," to raise awareness about human-rights issues.

Adds Carey's rep, Cindi Berger: "Mariah has and continues to donate time, money and countless hours of personal service both here and abroad. Proceeds from the sales of 'Save the Day' will go toward organizations that support human rights.”

More than 1,000 Libyans have been killed in the North African country since they began challenging Gaddafi's 40-year rule in early February. The Obama Administration has called for the dictator to step down.



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