Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z slammed scalpers on Tuesday who snapped up low-priced tickets for his 9/11 charity show at Madison Square Garden and began reselling them for a huge profit.
“We are truly disheartened that certain individuals would choose to benefit from what is meant to be a 100% charitable event,” he said in a statement.
“We do not support any profits made from reselling any ticket that was meant to be purchased by honest fans.”
Tickets to Friday’s show were purposely set low at $54.50 to make it accessible to fans struggling in tough economic times.
The proceeds were to benefit the widows and orphans of New York City cops and firefighters who died in the line of duty.
The approximately 20,000 tickets sold out in moments on Tuesday and started showing up on resale sites for $200 to $3,000 – inflated profits that will go into the scalpers’ pockets.
One site was offering tickets for $45,000 each.