Lady Gaga Settles Japan Tsunami Lawsuit
Lady Gaga has settled a multi-million dollar lawsuit by making a donation to the victims of the Japan earthquake/tsunami tragedy.
The ‘Telephone’ singer is no stranger to controversy, but she was slapped with the £3.1 million lawsuit in June last year, over allegations that she profited from selling charity wristbands that she had designed to raise money for victims of the 2011 tragedy.
The lawsuit was filed by 1800LAWFIRM, a legal network based in Michigan (U.S.), in June 2011, after the singer was accused of overcharging fans and making money through the shipping costs, £3, for the ‘We Pray For Japan’ bracelets she designed.
At the time Alyson Olive, an attorney at 1800LAWFIRM told Reuters: “While we commend Lady Gaga for her philanthropic efforts, we want to ensure that claims that ‘all proceeds will be donated to Japan’s earthquake’ are in fact true.
“Our intention via this lawsuit is to uncover any improprieties committed by Lady Gaga and appropriate the full donations assumed to the victims in Japan.”
The documents filed at the U.S. District Court on Monday (June 25) show that both sides have reached a mutual conclusion, with Lady Gaga agreeing to give £67,000 to a charity that benefits those affected by the disaster.
Under the terms of the settlement, Lady Gaga and her co-defendants also deny the suit has any merit, The Detroit News reported.
The court records show that Gaga raised at least a staggering $1.5 million (£938,000) with her fundraising wristbands.