Lady Gaga Responds to Lawsuit Over Japanese Prayer Bracelets
Lady Gaga has finally responded to the recent class action lawsuit that's been dropped in her lap. The suit claims that she jacked up the taxes and shipping cost on the $5, rubber prayer bracelets that she created to help the Japanese people after the March 11 earthquake in order to make a profit on an item that was advertised as a charitable one.
Rather than post a tweet, Gaga responded via her rep, according to USA Today. The rep, Holly Shakoor, issued this statement: "This misguided lawsuit is without merit and unfortunately takes attention away from the kind deeds of the fans around the world who are supporting the people of Japan."
The statement continued as follows: "The entire $5 donation made with the purchase of each bracelet is going to support the disaster relief. No profit is being made on shipping costs. Sales tax charges were made in accordance with local legal requirements. Lady Gaga has personally pledged her own funds to this cause and continues to support the victims of the disaster."
The bracelets, which were stamped with the phrase "We Pray for Japan" and Gaga's signature paw-shaped hand, were $5 a pop. Gaga said that she was donating 100 percent of the proceeds to those affected by the disaster. She wound up donating $1.5 million to relief efforts.
However, 1800LAWFIRM, a Michigan entity, filed suit on Friday, accusing Gaga of scamming fans and victims by not donating the entire sum she collected. The suit alleged that she tacked on an unnecessary sales tax and hiked up the shipping to$3.99 and pocketed cash from that act. The lawyers are seeking an accounting and accuses Gaga of inflating the donation totals.
The lawsuit seeks refunds for those who bought the wristbands. Something tells us that this lawsuit might be the work of ambulance chasers.
Gaga just performed at MTV Music Video Aid Japan this past weekend.
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