Just a day after the big announcement that he will run for President of Haiti, Wyclef Jean has resigned as chairman of Yele Haiti, the organization that he founded five years ago to help the impoverished Caribbean nation. He explained his decision in a statement that was released to the Associated Press on Thursday: "I am not stepping down from in my commitment to Haiti. On the contrary, regardless of what path I take next, one thing is certain: My focus on helping Haiti turn a new corner will only grow stronger."
Jean is already facing public scrutiny because of tax liens filed against him. Various media outlets, including TMZ.com and theybf.com are reporting that Wyclef owes over $2.1 million in taxes.
Unfortunately for the Haitian rapper, copies of the liens, which were filed in the Bergen County Clerk's Office in New Jersey, can be viewed on the Smoking Gun website. According to the documents, the IRS filed a $724,332 lien against him in May, a $599,167 lien against him in July '09, and a $792,269 lien against him in July '07.
Wyclef has always been an advocate for raising money for his native country. For his charitable contributions, Wyclef received the Humanitarian Award at the 2009 BET Awards. Yele Haiti raised $9 million for Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people back in January.