Jennifer Lopez’s penchant for singing for dictators is not a onetime thing.
In fact, it is a multimillion dollar cash cow.
After it was brought to light earlier this month that Lopez had earned a whopping $1.5 million performing three songs and singing “Happy Birthday” to the oppressive dictator of Turkmenistan, new information shows that this instance was just the tip of the iceberg.
The Human Rights Foundation, which was the first group to call out Lopez for the Turkmenistan incident, has issued a report showing that in the last couple of years the Latina mogul has received “in excess of $10 million for serenading crooks and dictators from Eastern Europe and Russia.”
Released last Friday, the report shows a highly visible pattern with numerous instances in which Lopez was paid to perform for controversial leaders. In July 2011, for example, she allegedly received a cool million to perform at a wedding where one of the guests was Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov.
“It’s so easy to recognize that she has profited from those who have made it their job to make the lives of their own people miserable,” Human Rights Foundation president Thor Halvorssen told Fox News Latino.
The nonpartisan organization has looked into similar incidents involving other celebrities as well, including Shakira and Julio Iglesias.
But, according to Halvorssen, they have “never come across someone who has done this so much and so shamelessly as JLo. She is unique. She is in a class of her own.”
While it is unlikely, human rights advocates hope Lopez will return the money she has earned and take responsibility for her actions.
“She should donate money, she should apologize, she should make a statement about these governments,” Halvorssen added.
“Ideally she could use her celebrity to focus attention on these places and devote some of those funds to helping people inside those civil societies.”
Lopez has yet to comment on the report to either Fox News Latino or the Human Rights Foundation.
“She can’t avoid the subject indefinitely,” said Halvorssen. “She does do interviews and talk shows and has an enormous brand she has to protect, so she’ll have to address this at some point.”
Only a statement from her representative has been released regarding the Turkmenistan performance. It states that had Lopez known there were human rights issues in the country, she wouldn't have performed there at all.
After her team issued the statement, a person close to Lopez elaborated on the situation to E News.
The source said given how involved Lopez is in “knowing everything about who she is performing for," it was unimaginable " that Jennifer was not aware of the human rights link in this instance."
"Either that or she was grossly misinformed,” the source added.
“There is no way she would have agreed to do this without having a prepared report on the country."