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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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16.

paul a.    

The only thing worse than spin is incredibly weak spin.

Please, J-Lo, I love you but this is ridiculous. Just own up you f#$%ed up and move on.

Remember, scandals are judged on how they are handled more than the actual scandal.....

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17.

Shotokan500    

Probably got a million

479 days ago
18.

KnuckleDragger    

Please...gimme a break! I'll bet not one swingin' dick here knew who Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow was until they read it here.

479 days ago
19.

Zimba    

Ambushed her a$$? Don't think so.

479 days ago
20.

Tesla_Consulting    

We got busted. Prepared excuse. Now we look really really f*ing stupid.

479 days ago
21.

DavidLemley    

If someone here, who actually wants to moan and gripe about this being an abomination, can point out Turkmenistan on a map BEFORE this happened...I'd gladly give a damn.

479 days ago
22.

Areader    

$1 Million for three songs...not bad work if you can get it!

479 days ago
23.

Laura    

God Bless managers and PR firms--they will say/do just about anything for money!

479 days ago
24.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

This is worse than Paula Dean and Alec Baldwin. She didn´t just use abusive language. She supported a tyrant.

479 days ago
25.

Laura    

Benny, you get paid a lot of money, now that was a bull**** excuse that took you what two days to come up with? Pathetic!!!

479 days ago
26.

Oval Beach    

Well...perhaps Jennifer was brought into the event, blindfolded so...if that is the case...Medina should have had his ass canned. Benny Medina is the one responsible for doing his homework before he makes his boss get on stage and make a fool of herself.

479 days ago
27.

Michelle    

Lies, lies lies! Bullsh*t, bullsh*t, BULLSH*T!!

479 days ago
28.

KnuckleDragger    

I think if someone named me Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow...I'd torture them first!

479 days ago
29.

NOT ELMO    

Jennifer Lopez NEVER Donates any Money To Charity, This would be a Great Time to start, Donate the $1 Million + you got paid for that Show....

479 days ago
30.

Cherie    

Maybe Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart and whoever else, will drop her ;)

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