Army vet rips Beyonce’s dad for cancelling charity event benefitting hurting veterans

An army veteran is accusing Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles, of canceling a charity event that was booked months ago.

Retired Army Lt. Keli Chevalier booked a charity event for homeless female veterans suffering from PTSD to be held at Knowles’ Houston based House of Dereon Media Center. She claimed she paid $2,500 last October to hold the event on February 20, according to Page Six.

But when Chevalier tried to arrange a time to set up a day before the event, she told Page Six that Knowles cancelled, saying someone else had offered to pay $7,000 for the space.

“I am upset because we’ve spent months preparing for this, and we’re gonna have to start from scratch,” Chevalier said. “This doesn’t hurt me as much as it hurts the veterans.” Chevalier is president of the charity Trauma to Triumph. A roadside bomb in Iraq in 2009 left her with a shattered spine.

Knowles, however, did not agree with Chevalier’s account.

“I was told someone wanted additional time to set up. If they could not get that time, they wanted a refund … So I offered them their refund,” he said, according to Page Six. “We could give her a discount, but not additional time. That’s how we run a business.”

Frieda Powers


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