Ex Sues Lady Gaga For $30 Million
March 19, 2010 at 4:31 AM (PT)
LADY GAGA's ex-boyfriend says she's cheated him out of millions of dollars since their breakup, reports THE NEW YORK POST. "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% owner of her company."
"He discovered her. It was his songs and productions and connections that got her her first deal," said FUSARI's lawyer, ROBERT MELONI, who filed suit yesterday in MANHATTAN Supreme Court.
FUSARI, known as a co-writer of the DESTINY'S CHILD hit "Bootylicious," says LADY GAGA was referred to him in 2006, when he was looking "for a dynamic female rock-'n'-roller." 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."
THE POST adds "their relationship reached a 'romantic level,' and they formed a company with LADY GAGA's dad that FUSARI owns 20% percent of," based on court filings.