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Jennifer Lopez Pressed to End FIAT Deal over Iran Link

JLO from the block and her FIAT endorsement are once again causing  controversy. And it sure isn’t pretty.

This time, a foreign policy advocacy group dedicated to prevent the  development of a nuclear weapon in Iran, “United Against Nuclear Iran” (UANI) is  urging Jennifer  Lopez to end her deal with FIAT because they claim the Italian car company  continues to do business with Iran.

“We’ve contacted FIAT several times about their business in Iran,” Nathan  Carleton, UANI’s Communications Director told FOX News Latino.

“Giving the high profile endorsement contract that Ms. Lopez has with FIAT  we’ve decided to contact her and seek her help in pressuring FIAT to end their  business in Iran.”

Carleton says that the campaign against FIAT began around March of last year.  After not hearing back, despite the “hundreds of people  [who]have written  to FIAT,” UANI wrote Lopez a letter describing the repercussions of her endorsement deal.

“In our letter we made her aware of the work FIAT does in Iran including the  trucks that they’ve even sold to the regime in Iran that have been used to hang  Iranian citizens and transport missiles around the country,” said Carleton.

“Given that business that FIAT does in Iran she should speak out against FIAT  or end her endorsement,” he added.

In the letter, the foreign policy activist group expresses  to Lopez that her endorsement with FIAT is supporting the development of “an  illegal nuclear weapons program, financing and sponsoring terrorist groups  including al-Qaeda, [that]has killed American and NATO soldiers and is recognized as one of the world’s leading human rights  violators.”

Neither Lopez or FIAT’s reps got back to FOX News Latino when  contacted for comment.

According to a report from The New York Times report on companies which profited  from business in Iran over the last decade, FIAT began manufacturing their  four-door sedan in 2004, “under a licensing agreement with Pars Industrial  Development Foundation.”

Their spokesman Richard Gadeselli told the publication that over 2000  vehicles have been manufactured to date.

UANI is giving JLO until Wednesday to respond. If not they plan to escalate  the pressure.

“She should respond, Carleton said. “If she doesn’t we will continue to  highlight her involvement with FIAT.”

“We think her fans will appreciate such a prominent person take a stand  against these human rights violations that FIAT is contributing to,” he  added.

“It would be nice to see an entertainer who doesn’t just say whoever gives me  money I will take it, but actually has standards for who she is endorsing.”

Contrary to reports from Primera Hora and Israeli news website InfoLivetv.com the members of UANI are not lawyers,  but are “individuals committed to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear  weapons.”

Founded in 2008 by several former American diplomats, including the late US  Ambassador to the United Nations Richard  Holbrooke, the group is sustained by donations from supporters.

“U.S. car makers are not allowed to do business in Iran,” Carleton said. “The  problem is when some of these companies like FIAT do business in Iran enabling  the regime to stay in power.

This is not the first tiff involving JLO and the FIAT endorsement deal. In  November, Bronx muralists TATS Crue threatened to sue Fiat.

The graffiti artists said they were enraged when they saw their “I Love the  Bronx” mural in Lopez’s car commercial, without their permission.

After discussions, the artists and reached a settlement with the automaker  and are planning to work with them after decided to give them a car to paint and  then auction off to a charity of their choice.

 

 

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