Everyone is talking about the Lady Gaga charity scam. Did she really scam her fans? These people seem to think so!
When the earthquakes hit Japan, the world responded, and Lady Gaga was one of them. She has made her love for Japan known, declaring it as one of the most beautiful places on earth. So it seemed natural for her to create a bracelet in an effort to raise money for the country.
But she is now being sued for “for racketeering and corruption over allegations she scammed money from the sale of wristbands.”
1-800-LAW-FIRM attorneys are claiming she used her celebrity status to scam people into purchasing her wristbands. They are saying that”:
Lady Gaga charged $5 for a “We Pray for Japan” wristband, plus $3.99 for shipping and handling and $0.60 for tax. The lawsuit alleges that Gaga inflated the shipping cost and pocketed the extra, while refusing to disclose how much of the $5 actually goes to the Japanese victims.
The law firm also says they have tried to find out what portion of the proceeded went to the victims, saying,
“When we tried to communicate with the defendants in this lawsuit, all we got was, well, some of the money is being retained, but we don’t really know how much, is the essence of the response that we got.”
Here is my thing: how many freaking websites, including this one, and TV stations have picked this story up, all the while advertising this 1-800-LAW-FIRM place, that has nothing to do with this – except to gain some publicity. They too are leeching off of the people of Japan, just in a different way, IMO.
I do think Gaga needs to straighten this out and do it quick. I am not saying anything shady went on, but she needs to address it, because she does have a solid fan base and a lot of power. She can do a lot of good, but if her reputation is soiled, so is that opportunity.
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