DOCUMENT: Celebrity, Stupid

Diamonds Are A Candidate's Best Friend

Wyclef was once sued over $320,000 jewelry tab

Wyclef Jean

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Wyclef Jean Jewelry Invoices

AUGUST 6--Along with his IRS debts, Wyclef Jean has had difficulty paying for his gaudy purchases at a New York City jeweler known for catering to musicians, according to a lawsuit previously brought against the Haitian presidential candidate.

In July 2008, Jacob & Company, the Manhattan firm known for diamond-encrusted creations favored by hip-hop figures, sued Jean over unpaid bills totaling nearly $320,000. According to the firm’s complaint, Jean ignored “repeated demands for payment” for the merchandise, which he bought between 2002-2006.

New York State Supreme Court records do not indicate that the case against Jean has been settled or dismissed, and a lawyer for Jacob & Company has not returned a call for comment. Over four years, Jean bought $765,100 worth of jewelry, paying for a little more than half of that haul.

As seen here, Jacob & Company invoices detail Jean’s jewelry purchases, which included:

* “Choppard watch” ($225,000)

* “Ladies Choppard Watch With Diamonds” ($45,000)

* “Yachtmaster Rolex 18KT” ($25,000)

* “Diamond Chain 57.00CT Round Brilliants” ($90,000)

* “CZ Stones For Wyclef Automobile” ($5,000)

* “Jesus Head Diamond” ($12,000)

* “Five Gold Crosses With Chains” ($30,000)

While Jean was charged for each of the more than 30 items he purchased, the musician did appear to get one freebie, described by Jacob & Company as, “One rose gold rosary chain for the jesus head.”

It is unclear how Jean’s conspicuous consumption will play in Haiti, the most impoverished county in the Western Hemisphere. He claims to have been “drafted” to run for office by the country’s youth. (8 pages)

Comments (5)

by the way, does this mean all the marijuana in new york will be comeing from haiti?
what a bum. typical rapper, cant make it fast enough. he's lookin for a good hustle and haiti is it, but they will regret it if they elect this experience in politics, but being a crook is all he needs to be in those countries. shame on jean for trying to hustle his country.he's a deadbeat and tax cheat and now he's lookin for the biggest score of his life.
Just to play devil's advocate for a minute. The invoice is made out to DAS Communications which is a business management company that has management loads of artists. Management companies just as record labels have done in the past have purchased gifts for their artists, etc. Aside of one specific item on the invoice that references Wyclef's auto, no one knows for sure if these really belong to Wyclef or several artists. Sometimes it is best to look get the whole story rather than jump to conclusions.
My thoughts exactly "danmar". And you can say that for almost any impoverished country in the world.
Considering Haiti's political history, this man appears uniquely qualified to be its president.