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Wyclef Jean Press Conference VIDEO: Musician Tears Up, Defends Yele Haiti

First Posted: 03/20/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:15 PM ET

Wyclef Press Conference

Wyclef Jean became emotional toward the end of his press conference today, in response to criticism that his organization, Yele Haiti, hasn't been completely forthcoming about its use of donations.

Wyclef began by discussing his history as a Haitian, moving to the United States and living the "American dream." He talked about his father and the widespread damage in Haiti before addressing the allegations against Yele Haiti.

"Have we made mistakes before? Yes. Did I ever use Yele money for personal benefits? Absolutely not....Yele's books are open and transparent and we have been given a clean bill of health by an external auditor every year since we started."

He directed that further questions be address to the president of Yele Haiti, who accepted questions after Wyclef's speech.

The rapper and singer became emotional near the end of his statement:

"Myself, the reality is, my people are dying and I have to go back to the ground in a few days for a mission relief. Now if you don't mind, my people in Haiti are watching this. So I gotta talk to them in they own language."

Watch Wyclef's part of the press conference below:

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