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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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31.

lord flashheart    

Best careermove ever...dancing for the devil for money.

386 days ago
32.

Michelle    

Liar liar pants on fire....

386 days ago
33.

Bell    

You knew, you just didn't think anyone would find out because it was so far away.

386 days ago
34.

JUstin    

Jennifer Lopez - Biggest User / Opportunist I have ever seen ....PERIOD ..lol

386 days ago
35.

rico    

She did it for the money, Its BS that she did'nt know.Now that she got caught, she cry's foil.......

386 days ago
36.

Marvin    

Are Americans even allowed to travel to Turkmenistan? Shouldn't the State Department be looking into this? This is one of the most vulgar stories on TMZ!

386 days ago
37.

Marvin    

Are Americans even allowed to travel to Turkmenistan? Shouldn't the State Department be looking into this? This is one of the most vulgar stories on TMZ!

386 days ago
38.

King of TMZ    

There are Violations everywhere! whether human violations, animal violations, gay violations, spying violations, female rights violations.... Exaggerating this country's violations for the sake of pointless drama is in itself a pointless authentic news violation. There are violations every where in every country. Yet singers, business people and performers and politicians still go forward with business. Bringing pointless drama only serves to shift focus on rather important stuff.

386 days ago
39.

STFUP    

She needs to STOP with the excuses. If she wants to redeem herself, she should admit her fault, give a genuine apology and then donate her ENTIRE $1M payday to a charity that fights human rights violations.

386 days ago
40.

WTF    

Horse ****. They had 24 hours to come up with this bull**** story

386 days ago
41.

Jordan    

Benny your excuses are worse than Paula Deen. You did not need to do research about the country you were going to perform in. How about the fact that Turkmenistan is north of Afghanistan where in Case you did not know there is a War going on, Just est of where you are is Iran. Did you think it might be a little dangerous to Perform in that country you Idiot Moron?

386 days ago
42.

Lionnnnnesssss    

Because she needs more millions.. she just HAD to sing.. PATHETIC .. I hope her empire starts to fall like Deens.. sick of this overrated, untalented woman!

386 days ago
43.

Naughty Norris    

Nice Try Benny! When Jennifer did her induction on the Hollywood Walk of Fame- meticulous detail was given to ensure her image was managed. Every inductee from the ceremonies I've witnessed always found time to sign autographs for the fans gathered to witness the ceremony - BUT NOT Jennifer - who refused sign ANY autographs for the legends of fans who gathered from around the world. I'm thinking J-Lo clearly has a case of GREENBACK AMNESIA!!!

386 days ago
44.

JoJo    

Bullsh*t this was done for the love of money and nothing more...JLO is known for her greed...

386 days ago
45.

Nobrows    

Scramble and make it seem like she couldn't possibly have had any advanced knowledge.

386 days ago
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