This one should add some GURL PLEASE to your afternoon chicken satay. A random law firm in Michigan is suing Lady Gaga while claiming she scammed her own charity. (It’s a firm whose title doubles as their phone number. I am not going to further their publicity by repeating it here.)
The firm is blasting the “Edge of Glory” singer for pocketing some of the proceeds from her charity set up to benefit the victims of the devastating earthquake/tsunami in Japan.
“’I’m suing Lady Gaga simply to hold her accountable for giving the money that she was raising for charity to the cause that she was trying to raise it for,’ told Fox Detroit Ari Kresch, an attorney whose is based in Southfield, Michigan. ‘When you use your celebrity and your power as a musician to take money from people under false pretenses, that’s just wrong,’ added fellow attorney Alyson Oliver.”
Riiiight. This dial-an-attorney shiz is the law equivalent to internet blogging. (At least I can admit it.) I find it hard to believe that this case has nothing to do with the fact that it is a great way to self market. I’d bet you be surprised how little of your donations actually go to help people and how much goes to cover charity costs.
Gaga charged $5 for the “We Pray For Japan” bracelets. She also charged $3.99 for shipping along with a tax charge. Ari claims that Gaga inflated costs so she could skim extra cash off the bands to line her own pockets.
(Editor’s note: I personally love Michigan -fantastic wineries- and I am sure they have some lovely/respectable law firms. However, I am basing this opinion on the fact that the firm in question goes by a 1-800 moniker.)
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