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Jennifer Lopez

Happy Birthday Ambush

In Turkmenistan

7/1/2013 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jennifer Lopez did nothing wrong when she sang happy birthday to the President of Turkmenistan ... because she was AMBUSHED ... this according to her rep.

Mega-manager Benny Medina tells TMZ ... Jennifer was NOT in Turkmenistan to perform for the Prez -- she was hired by the China National Petroleum Corp. for a corporate concert.  Lopez sang 3 songs, and Medina says as she finished her set someone walked up to him and said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was in the audience and asked him if Lopez would come back on stage and wish him happy birthday.

Medina says it was HIS decision to bring Lopez back on stage at the end of the concert.  Medina tells us ... the Prez got on stage and the M.C. started goading Lopez to sing "Happy Birthday" -- singing it quietly in her ear, goading her on the spot to sing the Bday song.

Medina says there was no reason to do heavy research into the President's record, since no one even knew he would be at the concert.  Medina adds when Lopez started getting flack he did some research and found the FORMER Prez is the one with a record of human rights abuses, and Berdimuhamedow actually seems ok.

We asked if JLo was planning on returning her fee -- sources tell TMZ it's North of $1 mil -- Medina says there has been no such discussion.

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STFUP    

She/her people still should have known better. This is no excuse.

297 days ago
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roll3567    

ummm...yeah...uhhh...right...sure...

297 days ago
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Ronron    

Benny medina is a liar and a real nasty piece of work

297 days ago
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jr70895    

Who cares

297 days ago
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BC    

Wow, and it only took 2 days to come up with that excuse. Pathetic!

297 days ago
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PhilipMarkum    

Sorry, Benny, you need to fix more than this issue with your client because JLow is viewed as an opportunist and being seen as an opportunist doesn't develop overnight. Get JLow to donate the fee (from the concert where she sang) to a charity and then - and only then - will the masses begin to think better of your client. Also, please have her donate her fee for singing to an AMERICAN charity for the best outcome. Thank you.

297 days ago
7.

Elsa    

Sure she will have no problem sleeping at nite.
Cold, money hungry dog.

297 days ago
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tenley    

This is B.S. reporting, because I read all these news reports BEFORE she even performed that she'd be performing for the president and was setting herself up for a world of P.R. trouble by doing so.

297 days ago
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IN MY OPINION    

If she is really SORRY, she should DONATE the $$$$. After all, $1 million is nothing to her.

297 days ago
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STFUP    

Why was she performing in Turkmenistan AT ALL, knowing about the country's human rights violations? This is NO excuse.

297 days ago
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max    

This awful train wreck doesn't care about human rights abuses, it's all about her and getting money. Torturing and stifling the civil rights of other people? Who cares? She supports the abusive cult of Scientology and she supports dictators.

297 days ago
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IN MY OPINION    

This contradicts other reports. SO WHAT'S THE TRUTH?

297 days ago
13.

Meanie    

Stupid celebs, lipstick libturds. You are headed to a part of the world that is KNOWN to have questionable human right issues. WTF would you go there in the first place????

297 days ago
14.

Ari    

Not believing her innocence for ONE MINUTE.

297 days ago
15.

baby    

whats the difference, people sing happy birthday to the hitler wannabe in the white house.

297 days ago
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