Published Jun 29, 2011Earlier this week, we reported that 1800LAWFIRM was launching a lawsuit against Lady Gaga for pocketing profits from the sale of her "We Pray for Japan" bracelets. The $5 items were sold to raise funds for the Japan relief effort, but the legal network claims Gaga "artificially inflated reports of total donations" and broke federal racketeering and consumer protection laws in selling the items. Now, Gaga's people have responded to the allegations.
Billboard points to a statement from Gaga's representatives, who insist that the allegations are false. According to Gaga's team, "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 goes on to say, "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."
Lady Gaga reportedly donated around $3 million to the Japan relief efforts through the sale of these wristbands and other fundraising ventures.