Skip to main content

Beyonce and Jay Z's 2013 Cuba trip declared legal

By Carolyn Sung, CNN
updated 8:04 PM EDT, Wed August 20, 2014
Rumors may<a href='http://www.people.com/article/beyonce-jay-z-responds-breakup-rumors-instagram-photos' target='_blank'> dog</a> Jay Z and Beyonce, but for now, they remain untouchable. Whether they're raking in cash as <a href='http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorothypomerantz/2013/09/19/jay-z-and-beyonce-top-our-list-of-the-highest-earning-celebrity-couples/' target='_blank'>Hollywood's highest-paid couple </a>or being cleared by the government for their 2013 trip to Cuba, Mr. and Mrs. Carter have some serious clout. Click through the gallery to see which other famous couples are running Hollywood: Rumors may dog Jay Z and Beyonce, but for now, they remain untouchable. Whether they're raking in cash as Hollywood's highest-paid couple or being cleared by the government for their 2013 trip to Cuba, Mr. and Mrs. Carter have some serious clout. Click through the gallery to see which other famous couples are running Hollywood:
HIDE CAPTION
Celebrity power couples
Celebrity power couples: Kim K. and Kanye West
Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
David and Victoria Beckham
Gerard Pique and Shakira
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
David Bowie and Iman
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • There had been rumblings that the couple's 2013 trip violated U.S. sanctions
  • Jay Z previously responded to critics with an open letter and a new song
  • The Treasury Department declared the trip legal and in compliance

(CNN) -- Beyonce and Jay Z don't have to be "On the Run" anymore.

A nine-page report released on Wednesday by the Treasury Department's Office of Inspector General states that the power couple, whose legal names are Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Shawn Carter, did not violate any U.S. sanctions laws during their visit to Cuba last year.

Their April 2013 trip, around the time of their fifth wedding anniversary, was highly criticized. It sparked discussion that the two might have engaged in tourist activities that are illegal under the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Under current law and regulation, travel to the island nation is only permitted under license.

The report states that the couple's trip to Cuba was properly licensed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control under the "people-to-people" educational exchange program. The license was issued to a nonprofit organization that has a mission to promote education in the fields of art, architecture and the decorative arts.

There were concerns that the two might have abused the terms of the license by engaging in too many tourist activities such as a welcome dinner, a walking tour of various Cuban neighborhoods and visits to see student artwork and theater performances. But, the report concludes that all activities followed the terms of the license.

"We believe OFAC's determination that there was no apparent violation of U.S. sanctions with respect to Jay Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba," the report states.

The criticism following the couple's trip prompted Jay Z to respond to detractors with an open letter.

The rapper also recorded a song called "Open Letter" that slammed critics who suggested the couple's clearance came from their pal President Barack Obama in the White House rather than the Treasury Department.

In the song, Jay Z raps, "Obama said, 'chill you gon' get me impeached. You don't need this s**t anyway. Chill with me on the beach.' "

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT