has been left baffled after fans accused her of rigging a "cute pet" competition so her friend could win a prize to watch her in concert.
The veteran singer is due to play at notorious jazz venue Village Vanguard in New York on September 26th- 48 years after she appeared there to open for legendary musician Miles Davis
. Two tickets for the gig were put up as top prize in a dog contest - which Streisand's friend Marilyn Smart's pooch Dina won on Monday.
Smart boasted about her win on her online blog, telling readers she scooped a "round-trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations, and two tickets to attend Barbra Streisand's concert."
However, fans of Streisand were outraged when it emerged Smart is also a dog breeder who supplied the singer with her pet, Sammy. They bombarded Streisand's website with complaints alleging it was "a scam", according to New York Post
gossip column PageSix - and competition organizers have now selected a new winner, after Streisand's spokesperson admitted the choice was "inappropriate".
The star's representative, Dick Guttman, says, "Barbra does know Marilyn Smart. Barbra did not participate in the selection because she has been away on a boat in Europe. She knows nothing about this. This was an inappropriate selection and arrangements are being made to rectify the situation. The tickets will be given to the next runner-up."
A spokesman from Columbia Records added, "This is a complete accident which I cannot quite believe happened. We had no idea that the winner was Sammy's breeder until it was pointed out to us by fans. Barbra had absolutely nothing to do with this."
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