Talk About ‘Bad Romance’… Gaga’s Ex-Boo Sues For $30.5 Mill

- By Bossip Staff

Rob Fusari, a songwriter and music producer who claims he helped launch Lady Gaga, co-wrote some of her songs, came up with her stage name and helped get her record deal, has filed a $30.5 million lawsuit against the Grammy Award-winning performer, saying his protege and former girlfriend ditched him as her career soared.

“All business is personal,” said the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a Manhattan state court.

Fusari had credits on such hits as Will Smith’s “Wild, Wild West” and Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious” when a friend steered the piano-playing singer — then known by her real name, Stefani Germanotta — to him in March 2006, according to his lawsuit.

Though he initially dismissed her, he realized she had star potential after hearing her play in his Parsippany, N.J., studio, the suit said. He spent the next several months working with her every day and “radically reshaping her approach,” persuading her to drop rock riffs for dance beats, it said.

As they co-wrote songs such as “Paparazzi” and “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich,” which would appear on her debut album, “The Fame,” he transformed Germanotta into Lady Gaga, a name adapted from Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga,” the lawsuit said.

According to the lawsuit, Lady Gaga and Fusari’s relationship turned romantic and then became a business partnership in May 2006, when they created a joint venture called Team Love Child LLC to promote her career. Fusari’s share was 20 percent, it said.

Fusari — whose account of his role in the multiplatinum-selling artist’s early career has been told in interviews — says he introduced Lady Gaga to a record executive who ultimately shepherded her to Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records, which released “The Fame” in 2008. The album has sold more than 3 million copies in the United States; Fusari has a producing credit.

But the lawsuit says their personal and business relationship had soured by then and he has been denied a 20 percent share of song royalties, 15 percent of merchandising revenue and other money he’s owed. He acknowledges getting checks for about $611,000 but says that isn’t his full share.

Turns out Lady Gaga and BeyBey have more in common than “Telephone” and “Video Phone”. This is the same guy that went attention whoring earlier this year over “Bootylicious” . Unfortunately for Gaga this suit sounds like it may actually have some merit.

Dude says Gaga looked like a “guidette” before he fixed up her image. Damn. SMH.


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  • mana2333

    Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He- is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at an age gap dating site- A_ge_m_in_g l e @ c//o//m a nice and free place for Younger- Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or- tell your friends.

  • Dilla

    Judging from that picture, Gaga always looked distant in her eyes. Fame and ex’s don’t mix lol.

  • MsiDance

    SMH. money hungry people smh. LEAVE HER ALONE.!! she’s such a fierce diva ^_^

  • tommykimon

    Chick don’t look 23 in that pic like she’s claiming she is.

  • juliemango

    Let the accountants work it out man!!!


    ok, What is a Guidette?


  • whowhatme

    Well atleast this time he has some physical works to present as proof.

  • Maevelove

    Look at Stefani – so pretty! Rob Fusari seems to have a valid argument. It seems like he had a major hand in transforming Stefani into a monster.

  • ChopzMaQaJ

    Look at her lookin’ all normal… That just shows u that the way she dresses now is all just an act. She would be relevant if it were not for her ridiculous fashion sense and her just being over the top w/everything. She has to stand out some way.

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  • say what?

    I know gaga’s a$$ was fake one big gimmick, name change- check Music Change – Check, Image Change- Check and she’s supposed to be oh so original. Other artist get called out for changing their look and sound, but ms. Gaga went all out over the top changing her whole persona, but she is so original and creative, when all along ALL Of her ideas came from her boyfriend. LMAO at you gulliable fools who got taken on the gaga originality ride.

  • Toni

    Sounds like he didn’t care until she started making money. Ohh “victims” and their stories make it hard for the people who are really getting dogged.

  • Lady A

    Sounds like he needs to quit the business he has gotten shitted on so many times by industry folks.

  • Britchick91!

    she looked a lot better then

    and he isnt gettin that money

  • Don'tGiveAWhat

    @ ChopzMaQaJ & say what?

    I WAS a closet Gaga fan… Now I’m seriously thinking about what you’ve said… Was I DUPED? Was her originality a contrived package to push records?? If so, I may need my $2 back from iTunes for ‘Poker Face’ & ‘Bad Romance’… Just off of GP, dude… LOL

  • PhattyChyk

    He’s only entitled to the two songs he supposedly co-wrote nothing else! Golddigging Dude!

  • WhoGoneCheckMeBoo

    Raa-Raa-Oh-Laa-Laa!!!!!! LOL….HE IS JUST A MAN SCORNED….THAT’S ALL…

  • chaka1

    This is why you don’t bang the talent.

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  • Candid Canuck

    some dumb posts on here..

    lol@ guidette….

  • Not that Michael

    I don’t care for her whole act, but this is just bullsh**. C’mon now. He’s just after some money ’cause he can’t make it on his own. She is a good entertainer, I’ll give her that, but she earned that, not him.

    And: damn, she actually used to look good.

  • Candid Canuck

    thats how ‘they’ like’em: young an insecure…

    she look a damn superhero with all the getups now… SMDH

    maybe thats the idea: in the daytime she germanatta the ‘guidette” but a night she is: LADY GAGA! devil worshipping reincarnate; illumunati disciple… WTF am I talkin about?! lol

  • Candid Canuck

    @ all the naive, dumb posters ( pro gaga-dude is money hungry stans)

    that’s the nature of the business… alot of you are oblivius to this ( i can tell by the posts) ie:” he looking for money etc… HELLO! that’s the point dummies! SMDH there are contracts and torts

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