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Lady Gaga sued for $30 million by Ex-boyfriend
March 19, 2010, 3:37 am
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The producer who discovered Lady Gaga is suing her company, claiming he got cut out of millons after turning her from a “guidette” into a mega-star.

Rob Fusari’s production company seeks more than $30 million from the “Poker Face” singer’s Team Love Child and Mermaid Music, claiming he even created her unique name.

“It’s an age-old story in the music business,” said Robert Meloni, a lawyer for Fusari. “You become famous, and you turn on the person who discovered you.”

Fusari, who produced “Bootylicious” for Destiny’s Child and “Wild Wild West” for Will Smith, says in the suit that he came up with the Lady Gaga name because he would greet her daily with a rendition of Queen’s “Radio Gaga.”

“One day when Fusari addressed a cell phone text to Germanotta under the moniker ‘Radio Gaga’ his cell phone’s spell check converted ‘Radio’ to ‘Lady’,” the suit says. “Germanotta loved it and ‘Lady Gaga’ was born.”

A relationship that eventually turned romantic eventually soured, the suit says, when Fusari was cut out of Lady Gaga’s merchandising and recording royalties.

The suit, filed in Manhattan, says Fusari is entitled to a 20% cut agreed to in a contract.

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