Lady Gaga Is Sued

Arts, Briefly

by DAVE ITZKOFF for NEW YORK TIMES

Fresh from her prison stint in the video for “Telephone,” Lady Gaga, above right, could soon be headed to court — not to face any number of angry grindhouse filmmakers whose works inspired that video, but a lawsuit from a songwriter and producer who says he’s the one who gave her that famous stage name. The Associated Press reported that Rob Fusari, who helped write Lady Gaga songs including “Paparazzi” and “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich,” filed a $30.5 million lawsuit against the singer, saying she has frozen him out of her career as she has become more successful. Mr. Fusari said in his suit that he was first introduced to the singer Stefani Germanotta in 2006, helping to guide her from a rock musician to a dance artist and nicknaming her Lady Gaga. He said he had received more than $600,000 from Lady Gaga but had not received his full share of royalties and other fees. Representatives for Lady Gaga have not yet responded to the suit, which was filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

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