When a destructive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan this March, many celebrities found ways to raise money for relief. Some even shelled out their own cash in support of the home of Hello Kitty. Lady Gaga did her part, and began selling “We Pray for Japan” wristbands on her website with the proceeds from the sale going to support the people affected by the disaster.
But Gaga might not be helping Japan from the kindness of her heart; she may be making money from her charitable endeavor!
The bracelets cost $5.00, with $3.99 for shipping and handling and $0.60 for tax. But… charities don’t have to charge tax, and that $0.60 surcharge got the attention of a Michigan based law firm, 1-800-LAW-FIRM. When the law firm contacted Gaga’s charity they were allegedly told that some of the money was being “retained,” but did not disclose how much of the $5 million collected was actually going toward the relief efforts.
Ari Kresch, an attorney with 1-800-LAW-FIRM, thought so too and started the ball rolling on a class action lawsuit. “I’m suing Lady Gaga simply to hold her accountable for giving the money that she was raising for charity to the cause that she was trying to raise it for”, he says.
The firm also thinks that Gaga inflated the shipping costs of lightweight bracelets and pocketed the extra dough.
Is Gaga Going Gaga? What do you think?
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