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Lady Gaga Charity Donations Lawsuit

Published on 07/11/2011 -

Lawsuit: Lady Gaga Kept Some Charity Donations

After headlining a relief concert for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Lady Gaga is reportedly facing charges that her charity isn't quite up to par. According to a Michigan-based law firm, Gaga improperly kept some of the money she made from the "We Pray for Japan" bracelets she sold.

The case also alleges that the pop star charged more for shipping than was necessary and kept the extra for herself. To date, Gaga has contributed a reported $3 million to relief efforts for the Japanese earthquake victims.

Earlier Debt Problems for Lady Gaga

Strangely, the allegations of charity "skimming" aren't the first money problems that Lady Gaga has faced. Earlier this year, news outlets made much of the fact that Gaga ended up $3 million in debt after spending massive amounts of money on costumes and props for her Monster's Ball tour.

Of course, when "Born this Way" hit the charts, she was able to earn all that back pretty quickly.

But let's take a moment to remember that even the very rich can go bankrupt if they're not careful. If you'd like to follow in their footsteps, simply follow these directions:

  • Don't pay attention to where your money goes. In interviews, Gaga noted that she doesn't care at all about money, so she was surprised to learn she had so much debt. Those of us with regular incomes can get into serious debt by ignoring our finances, too - it's easy!
  • Count on future earnings to cover current spending. In the case of Ms. Gaga, this strategy worked just fine. But for the rest of the world, assuming we'll make more tomorrow than we do today is a risky little game. Especially with the economy still struggling to recover its former luster, banking on the future can lead to a hefty debt load.
  • Keep living extravagantly. Again, Lady Gaga can get away with this because she's amazingly rich and fabulous. The rest of us need to tone it down if we want to avoid mountains of bills.

To date, the Michigan law firm behind the charges of charity skimming has not yet revealed what sort of evidence it plans to use to back its allegations.

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