He might not be able to run for President of Haiti, but Wyclef Jean is slinging mud like he’s coming up for re-election. According to Wyclef Jean, Sean Penn’s coke habit was the reason the actor claimed to have never noticed Jean helping out in Haiti.
During a concert this week the former Fugee ripped into Penn, saying “I got a message for Sean Penn: Maybe he ain’t see me in Haiti because he was too busy sniffing cocaine.” Yikes! Considering the actor was in Haiti for several months following the disaster, we sincerely doubt any human could do enough cocaine to miss Wyclef that entire time. But if anyone could do it, it would definitely be Sean Penn!
Penn immediately shot back, brushing off the coke claim as ridiculous and offering everything short of a doctor’s note to prove it. Says Penn’s reps, “Mr. Jean is clearly unfamiliar with the physical demands put upon volunteers in Haiti. As aid workers there, the notion of depleting the body’s immune system thru the use of illicit drugs is ludicrous. More specifically, J/P Haitian Relief Organization (a.k.a. JPHRO) has a ZERO tolerance policy for any and all illegal drugs. As the leader of this organization, Sean Penn has not only set this policy, but adheres to it. That Mr. Jean would make such a false accusation is reckless and saddening, but not surprising.”
Whether Wyclef’s claims have any validity or not, we can all agree that the last thing the people of Haiti need is a coked-out Sean Penn scampering around the island. Actually, the last thing they need are two celebrities arguing about them constantly, so maybe take it down a notch, you guys
Penn had derided Jean’s ambitions to run for president of Haiti, so Jean fired back, accusing Penn of “sniffing cocaine” while doing charity work in Haiti.