Adam Markovitz
February 12, 2009 AT 11:08 PM EST

Singer Miley Cyrus is being sued for civil rights violations in a $4 billion class-action lawsuit from an Asian Pacific Islander American woman in Los Angeles. According to papers filed Feb. 11 in L.A., Lucie J. Kim of L.A. County claims that the singer “acted in conscious disregard for the rights of her Asian Pacific Islander fans” when she used her fingers to pull her eyes into a slanted shape in a photo that was leaked to celeb website TMZ on Feb. 5. Cyrus has reportedly issued a public apology on her official fansite: “I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context! In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face.”

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