NEW YORK -- Jay-Z is defending himself against a growing criticism over his collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York amid allegations the store racially profiled two customers.

In statement released Saturday, the rap mogul said he hadn't spoken up about the controversy because he's waiting for a meeting between the store and community leaders to learn more facts about the matter. He also wondered why he's being "demonized" for waiting for facts to emerge.

Earlier this week, two black customers said they were detained by police on suspicion of credit card fraud after lawfully purchasing expensive items.

Jay-Z is partnering with the store for an upcoming holiday collection. A portion of the sales go to his charity. The rapper says he won't make one dime from it.