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By The Wall Street Journal
March 20, 2011
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haitian-American hip-hop star Wyclef Jean told Sunday of how he was shot in the hand Saturday night while in Haiti campaigning for a presidential candidate.

Jean is himself a former presidential contender in the nation -- and many think he could have been the next leader had the Haiti electoral commission not disqualified him as a candidate last year because he did not meet residency requirements.

Jean, who reached superstardom as a member of hip-hop trio the Fugees, has been in Haiti for the past few days supporting the campaign of his friend and fellow musician Michel Martelly, a carnival singer known as "Sweet Micky."

Sunday, a somewhat dazed Jean, his right hand in a bandage, arrived to cast his ballot at a small voting center.

The star was immediately mobbed by fans and Haitian journalists.

As he described Saturday night's mysterious shooting incident, Jean said he was still feeling a bit out of it because a doctor had given him antibiotics.

On Saturday night, the singer said his hand had been grazed by a bullet as he talked on his cell phone.

As Jean put it, he had been driving around Port-au-Prince with Fan Fan, another Haitian hip-hop artist, and his driver.

Jean said he had gotten out of his car to talk on his cell phone -- because he doesn't like to talk on the phone with his driver present -- when he heard shots, which "sounded like pops."

"I looked at my hand and it was bleeding," said Jean. "Then it started throbbing intensely."

His driver quickly took him to a nearby hotel, and then to a clinic, where a doctor stitched up the wound.

Jean said he didn't know if the shoots had been meant for him. "There are a thousand rumors," he said, somewhat mysteriously.

"This is Haiti.

It's a city of rumors."

Jean gave his fellow singer-turned-politician Martelly -- already known as the "President of Kompa," a type of Haitian carnival music -- a big plug before speeding away.

"He's going to win," said Jean. "Democratic voting is a great thing."

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