Treasury Dept. investigation rules Beyoncé and Jay-Z vacation romp in apartheid Cuba was ‘legal’
A U.S. Treasury Department investigation into a vacation romp in communist apartheid Cuba by American music power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z was perfectly legal. Although Cuba's notoriously racist and repressive Castro dictatorship completely controlled the vacation itinerary of the two African-American musicians and led them by the nose from one propaganda photo op to another, the Treasury Dept. claims they did not find a smidgeon of evidence their visit benefited the regime.
Beyonce and Jay Z trip to Cuba was legal, say feds
Good news for Beyoncé and Jay Z, in the midst of fending off toxic rumors: Their fifth wedding anniversary visit to Cuba last year was legal, despite questions raised by some Republicans in Congress.
According to widespread but unconfirmed reports, America's most powerful entertainment couple might not make it to their next wedding anniversary. But at least they're not in trouble with the feds.
The Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General issued a report today saying Bey and Jay did not violate longtime U.S. sanctions against Cuba, which forbid U.S. citizens from visiting the island and spending any money there as tourists except under special license.
The couple did have such a license to visit under the "people-to-people" educational exchange program, and they did not abuse it, the report concluded.
When Shawn Carter and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (their real names) were mobbed by fans during their four-day visit to Cuba in April 2013, two Miami-area Cuban-American lawmakers demanded an investigation. Most Americans aren't allowed to visit Cuba, not even superstars.
The federal investigators reviewed media reports of what the couple did during their vacation: Dinners in private homes, a walking tour of Havana neighborhoods, a tour of Cuba's top art school, a visit to a children's theater group and stops at several dance clubs "where the couple heard live music and occasionally took to the dance floor," the report said.
None of this could be considered deliberate or inadvertent support for Cuba's Communist-run state, which is what the U.S. sanctions against Cuba are supposed to prevent.
"All of these activities serve the U.S. foreign policy goal of helping the Cuban people by facilitating exchanges with them and supporting the development of independent activity and civil society," the report said.
"No further investigation is necessary," the report concluded.