Lady Gaga Sued Over Japan Relief Fundraiser


Lady Gaga is being sued over her philanthropic effort to help the people of Japan.

According to Reuters, she’s being legally challenged over the proceeds of sales of $5 wristbands that she designed and still sells on her website to raise funds for Japan’s earthquake relief efforts.

A class action suit (and publicity bid) filed by Michigan-based legal website 1800LAWFIRM “claims that not all the proceeds went to victims as she had promised.”

“While we commend Lady Gaga for her philanthropic efforts, we want to ensure that claims that ‘all proceeds will be donated to Japan’s earthquake’ are in fact true,” stated Alyson Oliver, an attorney for 1800LAWFIRM.[more]

The rubber bracelet was released in mid-March, when we wrote:

Lady Gaga, who rallied her fan base to support Haiti earthquake relief last year, is raising money with a charity bracelet she designed that says (in English and in Japanese) “We pray for Japan.” While selling for $5 on her website, buyers can make an additional donation. All proceeds go directly to undisclosed relief efforts.

Gaga used her swing through Japan last week, where she performed on MTV’s Japan Aid concert, to promote tourism and support for the earthquake-battered nation.

“I would like to use my position here today and all week long to run around Tokyo enjoy the beautiful city and kiss all the beautiful little monsters and scream at the top of my lungs that everyone should come visit this beautiful place,” said the pop star at a press conference.