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Tuesday
Jun262012

Lady Gaga to Donate over $100K to Settle Lawsuit over Japanese Prayer Bracelets

Image credit: Mariano VivancoBack in March of 2011, after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, Lady Gaga raised money for the victims by selling wristbands on her website that read, "We Pray for Japan."  But her philanthropy resulted in a lawsuit, which she's now agreed to settle by coughing up even more money for the cause.

The Detroit News reports that Gaga was sued for misleading her fans by selling the bracelets.  Her website said that "all proceeds" from the wristbands would "go directly to Japanese relief efforts," but the lawsuit alleged that a shipping charge and sales tax were added to the total, and that money did not go to relief efforts as promised.

Under the terms of the proposed settlement, according to The Detroit News, Gaga and her co-defendants will deny that the suit has any merit, and she will donate $107,500 to a charity that benefits the earthquake victims.  The sales of the bracelets have already raised at least $1.5 million for the cause.

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