Stevie Wonder pulled out of a performance at a fundraiser for the Israel Defense Forces.
Wonder's representatives claimed that he did not know the nature of the group, the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and that he believes such a performance would be incongruent with his status as a UN "Messenger of Peace."
Wonder was scheduled to headline the Friends of the IDF annual gala in Los Angeles on December 6. The event raises millions of dollars annually to support the Israeli military.
An official of Friends of the IDF, reached at its Los Angeles office, had no comment. Wonder's agent at Creative Artists Agency did not return a request for comment.