Representatives of Lady Gaga on Tuesday denied claims of a scam over sales of the singer’s wristbands for Japan’s earthquake relief efforts.
They described a lawsuit targeting the pop star and other companies involved in the sale and marketing of the $5 white and red "We Pray for Japan" rubber bracelets as misguided and without merit.
"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," Gaga’s representatives said in a statement.
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Pop superstar Lady Gaga has been sued over sales of her wristbands for Japans earthquake relief efforts in a class action that claims that not all the proceeds went to victims as she had promised.Michigan legal network 1800LAWFIRM also alleges that Gaga and other companies involved in the sale and marketing of the $5 white and red "We Pray for Japan" wristbands overcharged buyers on shipping costs and "artificially inflated reports of total donations"."While we commend Lady Gaga for her philanthropic efforts, we want to ensure that claims that all proceeds will be donated to Japans earthquake are in fact true," said Alyson Oliver, an attorney for 1800LAWFIRM.
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American pop star Lady Gaga gave a message on Saturday to the Japanese struggling to rise above the March natural disasters that, if people stick together, they can overcome difficulties.
"Let’s stick together, and through inspiration and through the hope of the future, let’s overcome the spider in our web," she told reporters after performing
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Lady Gaga says that if you want to help Japan recover from its tsunami disaster, come visit.
The flamboyant pop star, in Tokyo this week for a benefit concert for tsunami victims, said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press that she’s making a point to get out and enjoy the city and its food, and that her fans should do the same thing.
"I can’t say enough to people all over the world that the majority of Japan right now, Japan in general, is very safe," she said.
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Lady Gaga may be a controversial character for some, but she has won a lot of friends in Japan following the March 11 disaster.The performer contributed a song to the “Songs for Japan” charity album and contributed $1.5 million to relief funds from the sales of a wristband on her website.Now she’s set to perform live at a June 25 MTV Japan benefit show for the Japanese Red Cross at the massive Makuhari Messe exhibition center in Chiba, just outside Tokyo. The show, dubbed MTV Video Music Aid Japan, also doubles up as MTV Japan’s 10th annual video music awards event, and as such will feature a slew of big names in Japanese and Asian music.
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Lady Gaga, Linkin Park and Blink-182 have launched fundraisers to aid victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. With designer wristbands, original T-shirts and memorabilia auctions, the three acts hope to raise money for the Red Cross, Music for Relief and other groups.
Since Friday, artists including Justin Bieber and Coldplay have been advocating for earthquake relief, mostly on Twitter. "So tragic," wrote Britney Spears. "#prayforjapan" suggested Katy Perry. There are routine calls for fans to text certain numbers – such as 90999 in the US – to donate money to the Red Cross. But without an international telethon on deck, this is generally the extent of musicians’ philanthropy.
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