Lady Gaga hits back at claims she stole Japan earthquake charity money

Singer's management say lawsuit against singer is 'misguided' and 'without merit'

Lady Gaga‘s management have hit back at claims that she pocketed cash from sales of charity wristbands.

Representatives for the singer said a lawsuit submitted by Detroit legal network 1-800-Law-Firm over sales of her ‘We Pray For Japan’ wristbands, was “misguided” and “without merit,” reports Reuters.

The move comes after Gaga was accused of pocketing extra costs from the $5 (£3.10) wristband including £2.49 for shipping and 37p for taxes. All proceeds from the wristbands, designed by the singer, were said to have gone to victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

“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,” the singer’s representatives said in a statement.

“The entire $5 donation made with the purchase of each bracelet is going to support the disaster relief. 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 is thought to have donated $3 million (£1.9 million) to the Japan disaster relief effort since the tragedy struck in March.