Sep 10, 2010 10:32 PM by Alison Haynes
NEW YORK (AP) - They may have had a bad romance, but now there's
a cordial professional split between Lady Gaga and a music producer
who said she ditched him as both a collaborator and a boyfriend
after he helped launch her career.
Court papers filed this week show the Grammy Award-winning "Bad
Romance" singer and songwriter-producer Rob Fusari agreed to
dismiss the lawsuits each filed against the other in March in a
He'd sought $30.5 million, but it's unclear whether they made
any monetary deal.
"Lady Gaga and Rob Fusari have agreed to end their dispute
amicably and wish each other well. There will be no further comment
by either of them," the singer's camp said in a statement. A
lawyer for Fusari didn't immediately respond to phone and e-mail
Fusari had said the pop-meets-performance-art sensation
shoehorned him out of her lucrative career after he co-wrote such
Gaga hits as "Paparazzi" and "Beautiful, Dirty, Rich," came up
with her stage name and helped get her record deal.
Fusari - who has a producing credit on Lady Gaga's 2008 debut
album, "The Fame" - met the singer two years before when she was
still Stefani Germanotta, according to his lawsuit. He has a studio
in Parsippany, N.J.
He said they forged both a romantic and a business relationship,
both soured, and 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
Lady Gaga's lawyers had said Fusari was just an agent for her
and got 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
Lady Gaga won two Grammys in January: best dance recording, for
"Poker Face," and best electronic/dance album, for "The Fame."
She leads the field of nominees with 13 nods for this year's MTV
Video Music Awards; the awards broadcast is set for Sunday.
Besides his work with Lady Gaga, Fusari has credits on such hits
as Will Smith's "Wild, Wild West" and Destiny's Child's