Lady Gaga Responds to Japan Bracelet Lawsuit

Lady Gaga Responds to Japan Bracelet Lawsuit

A rep for the singer says the suit is “misguided.”

Published June 29, 2011

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Lady Gaga is out to prove that she is not the "monster" a Michigan-based law firm is trying to make her out to be.


According to MTV, Lady Gaga’s publicist released a statement defending the award-winning star from claims made by 1-800-LAWFIRM. A recently filed suit against the singer claims that, after promising that all proceeds from her Japan bracelets would go to the earthquake relief efforts, Gaga benefitted from charging fans a $3.99 shipping fee and unnecessary sales tax on the $5 bracelets.


In a tweet posted by Lady Gaga on the day of the quake, she wrote: “I designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet. Buy It/Donate her and ALL proceeds will go to Tsunami Relief Efforts. Go Monsters.”


However, Ari Kresh—an attorney at the firm—claims that Japanese victims received a meager amount of the funds collected.


In Gaga’s defense, her spokesperson stated:


"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 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."


Despite Gaga’s defense, the firm is pursuing a class-action suit and fighting for possible refunds for her bracelet-buying fans.

Written by Cecily Hillman


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