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Richard Branson Appears To Be Planning A Major Benefit Concert For Venezuela

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(CelebrityAccess) — In a possibly leaked video, Virgin Media mogul Richard Branson announced plans to stage a benefit concert in South America to help the beleaguered citizens of Venezuela.

According to the Miami Herald, the video depicts Branson announcing that he will host the concert in the Colombian border town of Cúcuta in a bid to raise as much as $100 million dollars and opening “Venezuela’s borders so that humanitarian aid can finally reach those millions who need it.”

The video, which was briefly posted to YouTube on Thursday before being removed, has not been shared on any of official Virgin outlets, suggesting that it may have been leaked or inadvertently published.

However, Virgin confirmed that the video was genuine and that Branson would share more information about the concert soon, the Herald reported.

In the video, Branson claimed Venezuela’s interim President Juan Guaidó and detained politician Leopoldo López asked him to stage the concert.

Venezuela has been embroiled in economic and political discord for months, with former president Nicolás Maduro and Guaidó battling for control of the country. 32 million Venezuelans have been squeezed by hyperinflation as well as sporadic shortages of necessities such as medicine and food.

Maduro, who was Venezuela’s president until January 23rd when he was ousted by the general assembly, has refused to relingquish power. He also rejected international aid and claims that aid convoys from the United States are part of a bid to topple the Venezuelan government.

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