Beyoncé and Jay Z's 2013 Cuba Trip Declared Legal

Beyoncé and Jay Z's 2013 Cuba Trip Declared Legal

An official government report states that the power couple did not violate any U.S. sanctions laws.

Published August 21, 2014

Silencing critics who disapproved of Beyoncé and Jay Z's 2013 Cuba outing, a nine-page report released on Wednesday (Aug. 20) states that the couple did not violate any U.S. sanctions laws during their visit.

According to CNN, the lengthy report issued by the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General confirms that the power couple's trip tp Cuba was properly licensed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control under the "people-to-people" educational exchange program. Permission was issued to a nonprofit organization that has a mission to promote education in art, architecture and the decorative arts.

Though many have voiced concerns that Bey and Jay may have overextended their privileges by engaging in too many tourist and leisure activities, ranging from a welcome dinner to visits to various Cuban neighborhoods, the report clarifies that all activities remained within the necessary parameters of the license.

"We believe OFAC's determination that there was no apparent violation of U.S. sanctions with respect to Jay Z and Beyoncé's trip to Cuba," the report states.

The couple's April 2013 trip was highly criticized by the public and media alike, prompting the commencement of the investigation.

Upon learning of the backlash, Jay Z recorded a song called "Open Letter," which clapped back at critics who insinuated that the couple's clearance came from their rumored friend President Barack Obama, rather than the Treasury Department. is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by Moriba Cummings


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