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Beyoncé and Jay Z's Cuba vacay was totally legal

Christina Marfice


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Report says Beyoncé and Jay Z did not violate any sanctions

They may be facing divorce rumors left and right, but here's some good news for Beyoncé and her hubby, Jay Z: Their anniversary trip to Cuba last year was totally legal.

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In a nine-page report, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Inspector General says the pair's controversial vacay to the embargoed island country didn't violate any U.S. sanctions. The report also says their visit was properly licensed and fit under the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control's "people-to-people" exchange program, which is exempt from travel restrictions that were placed on Cuba decades ago.

"Based on our review of available documentation and applicable regulations and guidance, we found no indication that U.S. sanctions were violated, and we concluded that the Office of Foreign Assets Control's decision not to pursue a formal investigation was reasonable," the report said.

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Right after the couple returned from celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana, Beyoncé and Jay Z came under fire from a pair of Republican lawmakers. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Maro Diaz-Balart, both representatives from Florida, sent a letter to the Office of Foreign Assets Control, asking for an investigation to find "information regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel." Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also spoke out, voicing similar concerns.

Jay Z bit back at the controversy by releasing "Open Letter," featuring the lyrics, "Obama said, 'Chill, you gonna get me impeached. You don't need this s*** anyway, chill with me on the beach.'

"Politicians never did s*** for me except lie to me, distort history," he rapped. "They wanna give me jail time and a fine. Fine, let me commit a real crime."

Now that this case is closed, back to the real matter at hand: more and more speculation that the couple is headed for splitsville.

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