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Lady Gaga sued over fundraising for Japan

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    Lady Gaga poses with a "We pray for Japan" wrist band during a press conference to promote MTV Video Music Aid Japan in Tokyo Thursday, June 23, 2011. Lady Gaga is in Japan to attend the MTV event to help support people in the tsunami-hit northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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DETROIT >> Lady Gaga’s spokeswoman says a lawsuit accusing the music star of misleading fans with an online pitch for donations to victims of the Japan earthquake is meritless.

Lady Gaga’s website is selling $5 wristbands that say, "We Pray For Japan." The website also allows people to make additional donations and says "all proceeds go directly to Japan relief efforts."

A lawsuit filed in Detroit notes that sales tax and a $3.99 shipping charge are added. Detroit-area attorney Alyson Oliver believes not all money is going to help the Japanese and she wants an accounting.

Lady Gaga’s spokeswoman, Holly Shakoor, said Tuesday that no profit is being made on shipping costs. She says $5 from each wristband is going to Japan.

The lawsuit seeks refunds for people who bought wristbands.

 

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