The short-lived Fugees reunion was initially canceled due to the group’s concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. However, that may not be the full story.
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Fugees were initially set to tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their classic album The Score. Back in January, the group cited COVID-19 as the reason for the tour's cancellation. “We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen. The continued COVID pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe,” the group said in a statement at the time.
“An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of ‘The Score’ but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work. We’re grateful for the special night we did get to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment. If opportunity, public safety, and scheduling allow, we hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon. Thank you for all of your love and support throughout the years.”
However, a new report from Puck News indicates that the tour was scrapped not because of COVID-19, but because of Pras Michel’s alleged involvement in a $4.5 billion money laundering scheme.
Michel is potentially facing up to 20 years in prison for his involvement in the 1 Malaysia Development Berhard (1MDB) scandal, which accuses fugitive businessman Jho Low of moving $4.5 billion from 1MDB into his personal accounts.
Due to his alleged involvement, the Justice Department did not give Michel permission to leave the country. At the time, Fugees were scheduled to perform overseas shows in France, U.K, Nigeria, and Ghana.