Lady Gaga accused of pocketing tsunami relief money

American singer and A-list celebrity, Lady Gaga, is being sued for millions of dollars over charity corruption allegations.

The singer allegedly scammed money from the sale of wristbands which should have gone to the victims of the Japanese tsunami, reported Daily Mail.

The "We Pray for Japan" wristbands were sold at US$5 (S$6.20) each, plus an additional US$3.99 for shipping and handling, and US$0.60 for tax.

The lawsuit claims Gaga, 25, inflated the shipping cost and pocketed the extra, while refusing to disclose how much of the money actually goes to the Japanese victims.

The advertisement for the bracelets is still featured on her website and links to her shop. There have also been many complaints from customers that they had not received their bands, reported Daily Mail.

Mr Ari Kresch, an attorney with 1-800-LAW-FIRM, said: "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."

Fellow attorney Alyson Oliver said that it was wrong to use celebrity power as a musician to take money from people under false pretences.

"When we tried to communicate with the defendants in this lawsuit, all we got was, 'well, some of the money is being retained, but we don't really know how much', is the essence of the response that we got.

"If the money were going to the right place rather than into the defendant's pocket, then I hope that our effort helps that," told Oliver to Daily Mail.

Japan's disastrous earthquake and tsunami on March 11 caused an estimated damage of S$247 billion. It also caused widespread public concern about nuclear safety after the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant reactors due to the quake.

Daily Mail reported that Gaga's career could face a meltdown as well if she loses the case in a Michigan federal courtroom later this year.

Coincidentally, the lawsuit comes after the singer performed at charity concert MTV Video Music Aid Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.