PUBLISHED: 11:40 EST, 27 May 2012 | UPDATED: 12:08 EST, 27 May 2012
Mary J Blige’s charity for the empowerment of women has been hit with two lawsuits – and a long list of other embarrassing accusations.
The Grammy Award-winning artist’s The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN) is being sued by a bank over an unpaid $250,000 loan and a group of artists claiming they were not paid for performing at one of the charity’s fundraising galas.
The non-profit organisation also has hundreds of thousands of dollars in missing donations and does not have an office or a valid telephone number, according to the New York Post.
Accusations: Mary J Blige’s non-profit organisation allegedly has hundreds of thousands of dollars in missing donations and does not have an office or a valid telephone number
The newspaper also alleges that the charity did not file a federal tax return for 2010, which was due last November.
One of the lawsuits claims that when musicians who performed at a star-studded benefit concert alongside the likes of Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera in May 2011 went to get paid, their checks bounced back.
‘We got a whole series of checks — rubber,’ Harvey Mars, a lawyer representing the group of 30 musicians and others, told the newspaper.
The group is allegedly owed a total of $167,252 for wages and penalties, according to a lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan this month.
But, according to the Post, the charity should have had funds as it had borrowed $250,000 from TD Bank in June 2011.
According to TMZ, the foundation agreed to pay the money back by last December, but only repaid $368.33 of the loan.
Fundraising: Mary J. Blige, centre, says her charity has sent 25 women to college, who are pictured here at their graduation ceremony
Charity: The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now is supposed to inspire women and help them reach their individual potentials
When the bank demanded payment and sent a process server to deliver documents at the charity’s headquarters in Manhattan, New York City, a receptionist said FFAWN was no longer based there.
‘The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation For The Advancement Of Women Now, Inc. (FFAWN) is presently transitioning its management and headquarters,’ a spokesman for Blige told TMZ.
‘We remain committed to our mandate of helping women gain the confidence and skills necessary to reach their full individual potential.’
The Post also claims that proceeds from the singer’s fragrance, My Life, which sold 60,000 bottles during its debut in 2010, were supposed to benefit FFAWN.
One dollar from each bottle sold, totalling $60,000, should have been plugged back into the charity, but that money remains unaccounted for.