Ex-Boyfriend Sues Lady Gaga for $30M

Songwriter claims he had a deal for 20% of star's earnings
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 18, 2010 4:59 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A former boyfriend of Lady Gaga has sued her for $30 million, alleging that the pop star cut him out of a deal that gave him a 20% stake in her earnings. Songwriter Rob Fusari claims he met the unknown Stefani Germanotta in 2006 and "radically" reshaped her image—even coming up with her stage name. (He sent her a text addressing her as Radio Ga Ga, from the Queen song, and his cell phone's spell check distorted it. She loved the result.)

The pair became romantically involved and also formed a company to handle the business side of Gaga's music, the suit says. They ended their romance when Gaga became "verbally abusive" after an abortive deal with Def Jam records, after which Fusari says he got her a lucrative deal with Interscope. The suit claims that Gaga has stopped sending Fusari checks, reports the New York Post.

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