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Mariah Carey, seen performing in New York, says she wasn't unaware that she was booked to perform a concert linked to Gadhafi's clan — and she's embarrassed about it.
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updated 3/3/2011 11:41:13 AM ET 2011-03-03T16:41:13

Mariah Carey says she wasn't aware that she was booked to perform a concert linked to Gadhafi's clan — and she's embarrassed about it.

Carey is among a handful of entertainers who were paid handsome fees to give exclusive private concerts. It was later revealed the people behind those concerts were the family of embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Story: Nelly Furtado to give away $1 million Gadhafi fee

In a statement, Carey says she was naive about the booking of the performance and feels "horrible and embarrassed." But she adds that performers must bear responsibility and be aware of whom they are performing for.

Why are pop stars performing for dictators?

A representative for Carey says the singer is donating the proceeds of a new song she wrote for her upcoming album to organizations to raise awareness for human rights.

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