Lady Gaga and Rob Fusari Settle Their Suit
Mon, 13 Sep 2010 08:40:02
Lady Gaga and music producer/ex-boyfriend Rob Fusari have mutually agreed to bury the hatchet. The former couple dismissed lawsuits they had brought against one another. Fusari filed first, which sparked Gaga to countersue. Fusari claimed that he helped launch her career; she split from him both personally and professionally when her star began to take off.
Court papers filed this week show that the former couple and collaborators agreed to dismiss the lawsuits each filed against the other in March. Fusari was seeking $30.5 million but it was not determined if they had reached a financial settlement in dismissing their suits. We may never know.
Fusari co-wrote some of Gaga's biggest hits, such as "Paparazzi" and "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich," came up with her stage name and helped her secure her record deal, so he was a central figure on her road to superstardom when she was simply a girl known as Stefani Germanotta. He even has a production credit on Gaga's breakthrough, "The Fame." So Fusari did play a key part in Gaga's development. There's no disputing that.
Fusari also said that he and Gaga forged both a romantic and a business relationship and that both facets of their relationship soured, and thusly, he was denied money their contract had entitled him to, including a 20 percent share of her song royalties. He said he'd gotten about $611,000, but was due far more.
"All business is personal," his lawsuit said. "When those personal relationships evolve into romantic entanglements, any corresponding business relationship usually follows the same trajectory so that when one crashes they all burn. That is what happened here." Yeah, so don't shit where you eat next time, Bobby!
Lady Gaga's lawyers had said Fusari was merely an agent for the singer and managed to get the then-inexperienced singer to sign an unfair agreement in 2006. Her lawsuit asked a court to void the "unlawful arrangement," or at least declare that Fusari wasn't owed what he claimed.
Whatever the case, it's over now.
What is your favorite Lady Gaga song?