Lady Gaga is known for standing up for what she believes in, helping those in need, and having a huge heart. So it is a complete shock to most to hear that she is being accused in a lawsuit of ripping off victims of last March’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The class action complaint, filed in US District Court in Eastern Michigan, claims that Gaga urged fans to buy her “Lady Gaga Earthquake Relief Wristbands” for $5 each to aid recovery efforts in Japan, only to misrepresent her charitable initiative to individuals and to the public.
According to court documents Gaga stated that “all proceeds” from the sale of the bracelets would go to the Japan relief effort. They are saying that those funds failed to materialize and that most of the money instead went to shipping charges that shouldn’t have been charged due to the extremely tiny weight of the bracelets.
Ari Kresch, an attorney for 1-800-LAW-FIRM, which filed the lawsuit told E! News:
“There’s a $3.99 shipping charge including packaging that weighed less than an ounce, so paying a $3.99 service charge for making a $5 donation is excessive since most of that costs about 50 cents.”
The suit goes on to say that those who gave the $5 donation were duped, assuming that all their money would go to help the victims in Japan when in actuality they saw very little of that money. Kresch went on to say:
“The first issue that came up was that there was a sales tax being charged on a charitable contribution. Then it came to our attention that not all of the money was going to charity.”
Other defendants named in the suit include the fulfillment house, Bravado International Group Merchandising Services, Universal Music Group, House of Gaga Publishing, and Live Nation Merchandising.
The suit seeks unspecified compensatory as well as punitive damages.
Sounds crazy to me! Do you think Lady Gaga pulled this scam???
Written by Michelle Wincott