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Obama to attend PSY performance despite protests

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2012 file photo, South Korean rapper PSY, who gained popularity from his famous song "Gangnam Style," gives a press conference prior to his concert at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. President Barack Obama still intends to attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2012 file photo, South Korean rapper PSY, who gained popularity from his famous song "Gangnam Style," gives a press conference prior to his concert at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. President Barack Obama still intends to attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports that the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago.

A spokesman says Friday that the Obama family will attend the Dec. 21 Christmas in Washington concert, as is custom.

News reports cite two instances of the 34-year-old "Gangnam Style" rapper participating in concerts protesting the U.S. military presence in South Korea during the early stages of the war in Iraq. In a 2004 concert, PSY performs another act's song about killing "Yankees" who have been torturing Iraqi captives and their families "slowly and painfully."

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 file photo, PSY arrives at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre LA Live, in Los Angeles. President Barack Obama still intends to attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, File)FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 file photo, PSY arrives at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball at Nokia Theatre LA Live, in Los Angeles. President Barack Obama still intends to attend a charity concert where PSY is scheduled to perform after reports the South Korean rapper participated in anti-American protests several years ago. (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, File)

PSY's inescapable hit went viral in the U.S. and holds the YouTube record for most watched video. A message left with his spokeswoman was not immediately returned.