A lawsuit has been filed against Lady Gaga and associates for misappropriation of funds collected for Japanese Tsunami victims through sales of wristbands. The suit has been filed by Michigan-based attorneys of the 1800Lawfirm, reports Dailymail.
The class action suit was filed under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) charges by firm partner Alyson Oliver in the U.S. Federal Court, on Friday.
Lady Gaga charged $5 for her own-designed ‘Pray for Japan’ bracelet plus $4 for shipping and another $0. 60 for tax. The lawsuit claims that Lady Gaga inflated the cost of the wrist band and pocketed the extra. They allege that she (or her associates) are refusing to disclose how much of the total cost of the band went for relief.
The firm says that they want to hold Lady Gaga accountable for giving the money that she was raising for charity to the cause that she was trying to raise it for.
Attorney Alyson Oliver added: ‘When you use your celebrity and your power as a musician to take money from people under false pretence, that's just wrong.
‘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,” reports the website. Lady Gaga till now has not responded to the lawsuit.
Lady Gaga donated $1.5 million through Zynga for the victims of the Japanese tragedy. Incidentally, the singer is at the moment in Japan, Tokyo, for the charity concert, MTV Video Music Aid Japan.