You know how you feel when an ex calls like a year after you broke up, and instead of confessing what a fool he was and how miserable he’s been without you, he just asks if he can get his crappy hoodie back? Well, Lady Gaga is totally having that feeling times 10 today. Her ex, songwriter and producer Rob Fusari, is suing her for $30 million and 20 percent ownership of her company. See, Rob wasn’t just a boyfriend—he also helped shape her sound and persona. Lady Gaga was referred to Rob back in 2006 when she was still going by the name Stefani Germanotta and was a “young Italian guidette” as Rob puts it in the lawsuit. When she got to his recording studio, he played the Queen song “Radio Ga Ga” for her. The suit claims, “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.” Rob also co-wrote several songs with her, including “Paparazzi.”
Rob claims that when Lady Gaga formed her company with her dad, he was promised 20 percent ownership—and yet, he’s only received a check for $209,000. He says that after he broke up with her, he sent her to Interscope Records and the rest is history. [NY Post]
I dunno. This sort of sounds like a sour grapes case to me. I think Rob should settle for the $209K in royalties and the ability to say he dated her back when.