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09/27/2012 05:42 pm ET | Updated Sep 28, 2012

Lady Gaga Responds To' Slut' Comment, Thanks Scott Stringer For Defending Her (TWEET)

Manhattan borough president and likely mayoral candidate Scott Stringer came out in defense of Lady Gaga on Tuesday, after she was bizarrely labeled a "slut" by a different borough president, Staten Island's 81-year-old James Molinaro.

In a statement, Stringer praised the singer as "a social justice activist and a real leader for marriage equality in this country.”

Now Lady Gaga has taken to her Twitter account to thank Stringer for the kind words:

Molinaro was speaking at an anti-substance abuse event Sunday when he pointed to a photo of Gaga lighting a joint on stage while performing in Amsterdam and suggested the singer set a negative example for young people.

He took the comments further and said, "Stop glorifying the drug use. There's Gaga. Here's this... this... I would call her a slut. This slut is influencing many, many children ... and it's right to do. It's fine, it's part of it."

As for Stringer, he's a big fan of celebrities, having had multiple fundraising events thrown by Scarlett Johansson in his honor.

The 52-year-old also boasts ties with none other than Justin Bieber. During a press appearance for Bieber's new album in June at J&R Music, Stringer declared June 19th as "Justin Bieber J&R Appreciation Day!"

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