Lady Gaga Sued By Toy Company
Lady Gaga is being sued by toy company MGA Entertainment for more than $10 million, according to the Associated Press.
The company was in the process of creating dolls that were supposed to feature a voice chip with samples of Lady Gaga’s songs, as well as some of her costumes. But MGA, which makes the popular Bratz doll line, said Lady Gaga and her management made a late request to remove the voice chip, which would have made it impossible for the company to ship the dolls in time for Christmas. MGA also claims that Gaga made the request because she wanted the doll to come out in 2013, at the same time her new album and perfume will be released.
MGA said the “Bad Romance” singer and her team “engaged in intentional and deliberate delays” to prevent the toy company from meeting its summer deadlines with distributors. MGA also said it has already paid a $1 million advance to the Bravado International Group, the company that handles Lady Gaga’s merchandizing.
The toy company said Gaga’s representatives stopped cooperating with them when the singer went on a world tour. They also said she refused to sign off on the final designs, which is jeopardizing the $28 million they expected to get in revenue.
Lady Gaga’s spokeswoman Amanda Silverman said the singer’s lawyers haven’t seen the court papers yet, and that the lawsuit is more between MGA and Bravado, which is part of Gaga’s record label Universal Music Group.
“Lady Gaga will vigorously defend MGA’s ill-conceived lawsuit and is confident that she will prevail. There was no legitimate reason for dragging Lady Gaga into that dispute.”
MGA is also claiming that they sent Gaga samples dolls in March and that they did everything in their power to accommodate the tweaks she suggested. The singer asked that the doll’s facial structure “be more supermodel-like” with thinner cheekbones, a sharpened jawline, and poutier lips. Lady Gaga also wanted a “Born This Way” zombie ensemble in addition to the doll’s silver Grammy outfit and green crystal dress.
In the suit, which was filed Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, MGA Entertainment asked the judge to allow them to distribute their Lady Gaga doll as is in addition to filing for damages.
What do you think? Is the lawsuit between Lady Gaga and MGA or MGA and Bravado, and should MGA get the $10 million?