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Lady Gaga sued by former mentor

It sounds like sour grapes, but the AP is reporting that Lady Gaga is being sued by her one-time mentor (and former boyfriend) after he claims the Grammy winner abandoned him as her fame grew.

Songwriter and music producer Rob Fusari filed a $30.5 million lawsuit Wednesday, claiming he helped launch Gaga’s career by co-writing some of her hits and creating her stage name.

“All business is personal,” said the lawsuit, which was filed in a Manhattan state court. Lady Gaga’s spokesman, Dave Tomberlin, didn’t respond to the AP’s e-mails.

Fusari, according to the suit, was introduced to Stefani Germanotta — Lady Gaga’s real name – in March 2006. After initially dismissing her, he remade the artist and co-wrote songs like “Paparazzi” and “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich,” which would appear on her debut album. The suit says he took the name Lady Gaga from Queen’s hit, “Radio Ga Ga.”

These cases often boil down to he-said/she-said, and more often than not are settled out of court. The creative process is a collaborative one, and it’s unlikely Fusari will receive the full amount that he’s seeking. But it’s probably in Gaga’s best interests to settle so that this does not drag on and interfere with her recently announced summer tour.


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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • March 19, 2010 | Permalink |

    old news. use and abuse. dump and sue.:(

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