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Lady Gaga files countersuit against former mentor

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Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 14:48 [IST]

London (ANI): 'Poker Face" singer Lady Gaga has filed a countersuit against her former mentor, producer Rob Fusari, claiming in it that he took advantage of her naivety as a wannabe pop star. Fusari, who became romantically involved with Gaga, signed a production deal with the singer in 2006 and claims to have come up with her stage name, reports the Daily Express.

He also maintains he was instrumental in landing her a deal with record label Interscope, and held a 20 per cent share in his company with Gaga, Team Love Child LLC. But he filed suit against her in New York last week, accusing her of failing to adequately compensate him for his shares in the firm once she gained worldwide recognition.

But Gaga"s lawyer, Charles Ortner, has blasted the allegations, claiming the pair"s agreement was “structured in such a way as to mask its true purpose - to provide to the defendants unlawful compensation for their services as unlicensed employment agents". On March 19, they took their argument to the Manhattan Supreme Court to ask a judge to declare Gaga"s contract with Fusari “void and unenforceable" amid claims he acted as an “unlawful employment agent", violating various laws designed to protect employees such as “inexperienced recording artists".

According to the New York Post, Fusari"s attorney Robert S. Meloni hit back at the countersuit, dismissing Gaga"s lawyer"s argument as “one of the most ridiculous I"ve heard in 30 years" because the producer never pitched himself as a talent agent.

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