Friday, March 19, 2010

Bad Romance: Lady Gaga Sued for $30.5 million

Readers of this blog are no strangers to Lady Gaga. The weird one has just been sued in New York by a jilted lover who is apparently seeking to cash in on her fame. Via the NY Post:
Now that's a bad romance -- Lady Gaga's ex-boyfriend says she's cheated him out of millions of dollars since he dumped her, a sensational new lawsuit charges.

Songwriter and producer Rob Fusari says in a $30 million lawsuit that he helped develop "guidette" Stefani Germanotta into the superstar she is today -- and even came up with her world-famous stage name -- but she is now reneging on a business deal that made him 20 percent owner of her company.
Fusari's lawyer, Robert Meloni, who filed suit yesterday in Manhattan Supreme Court, said: "He discovered her. It was his songs and productions and connections that got her her first deal."
But the pair worked together seven days a week and co-wrote her later hits "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich" and "Paparazzi."

Fusari said he played the Queen song "Radio Ga Ga" whenever she arrived at his studio, and "one day when Fusari addressed a cellphone text to Germanotta under the moniker 'Radio Ga Ga' his cellphone's spell check converted 'Radio' to 'Lady.' Germanotta loved it and 'Lady Gaga' was born."
Their relationship reached a "romantic level," the suit says, and they formed a company with Lady Gaga's dad that Fusari owns 20 percent of, the filing says.

There is a cottage industry in such suits by ex-lovers and the chap doesn't seem to have much of a case, but at a minimum, the brouhaha will give plenty of fodder to the paparazzi.