As Lady Gaga continues touring Japan — talking about her new record, “Born This Way,” and dressing like a panda — her publicist, Holly Shakoor, is handling allegations that Mama Monster profited from $5 charity wristbands sold on her Web site to benefit earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in that country.
“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,” Shakoor said in a statement to E! Online.
1-800-LAW-FIRM has brought a class action suit against Gaga, Universal Music Group and several other co-defendants alleging that not all of the proceeds from the wristbands have gone “directly to Japan relief efforts,” like the singer and the companies have claimed.
“The entire $5 donation made with the purchase of each bracelet is going to support the disaster relief,” the statement continues. “No profit is being made on shipping costs. Sales tax charges were made in accordance with local legal requirements. Lady Gaga has personally pledged her own funds to this cause and continues to support the victims of the disaster.”
Gaga has yet to personally respond to the suit, opting instead to post pictures of herself with Hello Kitty on Twitter.