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Lady Gaga's origins spark another lawsuit

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Image Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images; Janet Mayer/PR PhotosThe legal controversy over who discovered Lady Gaga rages on. Just weeks after producer Rob Fusari’s multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Gaga and her own counterclaim were both quietly withdrawn, another figure from the star’s early days is going to court. This time it’s a singer named Wendy Starland who is suing Fusari.

In papers filed Sept. 24 in the U.S. District Court for New Jersey, Starland says she’s the one who introduced Fusari to the then-unknown Stefani Germanotta. “In 2005, at a face-to-face meeting in New Jersey, Fusari told Starland that he was searching for a unique female singer, under the age of 25, who could be the female equivalent of the lead singer of the band ‘The Strokes,'” the lawsuit claims. “Fusari then promised Starland that, if she could find and introduce him to such a singer, they would work together to develop the singer and share equally in any revenues earned as a result.” The following year, Starland says, she introduced Fusari to the woman who would soon become the megasuccessful Lady Gaga — and yet she says she’s never seen a penny of those allegedly promised revenues from Fusari.

Fusari’s attorney has not responded to EW’s requests for comment. Til then, what do you think of this suit?

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