Despite being a global pop phenomenon, Lady Gaga has taken it up with the court of law to maintain her privacy pre-fame.
According to TMZ, Mother Monster reportedly filed documents to withhold "sensitive, private and personal information" in the suit against Gaga's former boyfriend/producer Rob Fusari. Former collaborator and close friend Wendy Starland issued the suit, claiming that Fusari allegedly cheated Gaga out of monies she felt she was owed for her role in discovering Gaga.
The ongoing battle stems back to 2010, when Starland states that Fusari was searching for a "unique female singer, under the age of 25, who could be the female equivalent of the lead singer of the band the Strokes." If Starland found a potential star, Fusari said they would work hand-in-hand on molding her career and take equal share in the revenues, according to The Guardian.
The "Born This Way" singer claims that if the info went public, it would "inflict significant personal and professional harm upon her," according to . She also says that Starland and Fusari are legally bound to keep the information private as part of a non-disparagement agreement between the two.
Starland introduced Fusari to Lady Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, in 2005. Over the next two years, Fusari and Gaga began dating, wrote songs together and allegedly invented the singer's pop persona. Although they split before Gaga's superstardom, Fusari is believed to have collected a payout in 2010, during which Starland claims she received zilch.—Andrew Asare
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