Jennifer Lopez’s apology after birthday concert in Turkmenistan (sorta)

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Jennifer Lopez was forced to apologize after a concert in Turkmenistan on Saturday night, after she was paid to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the repressive dictator.

Lopez reportedly changed into a traditional Turkmen outfit during her show and personally serenaded Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow – whose government is accused of arbitrarily arresting and torturing political dissidents.

Human Rights Watch ranks Turkmenistan as ‘among the most repressive in the world.

Lopez released a statement after the concert apologizing for signing for the president and saying she never would have attended to concert if she had known the country’s human rights record.

Lopez’s publicist says the event was vetted by Lopez’s staff: “Had there been knowledge of human rights issues any kind, Jennifer would not have attended.”

The statement said the event was vetted by Lopez’s representatives, but she wouldn’t have attended if she had known about the accusations.