Jennifer Lopez says if she would have known about human rights issues of any kind, she would not have appeared at private corporate event in Turkmenistan Saturday night.
The diva is being criticized for singing “Happy Birthday” to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, the dictator accused of arbitrarily arresting and torturing political dissidents.
Human Rights Watch calls Turkmenistan “among the most repressive in the world.”
On Sunday, J-Lo’s team released a statement to RumorFix explaining the error in judgement:
Jennifer Lopez and several other artists were invited and performed at a private corporate event for the China National Petroleum Corporation that was presented to their local executives in Turkmenistan. This was not a government sponsored event or political in nature.
The event was vetted by her representatives, had there been knowledge of human right issues of any kind, Jennifer would not have attended.
The China National Petroleum Corporation made a last minute ‘birthday greeting’ request prior to Jennifer taking the stage. This was not stipulated in her contract but she graciously obliged the China National Petroleum Corporation request.”