In 2010, producer and ex-boyfriend Rob Fusari filed a $30.5 million lawsuit against Gaga claiming he was denied a 20 percent share of her song royalties for hits he claimed he co-wrote like Paparazzi, Beautiful, Dirty, and Rich — also claiming he helped transformed Stefani Germanotta (her legal name) into Lady Gaga.
The lawsuit against Gaga was dropped in Sept. 2010 and the details of the settlement were sealed by the court, but now Fusari is fighting off a lawsuit himself filed by Wendy Starland, who claims she helped him discover the pop star and wants her commission.
Afraid of what documents the back and forth discovery phases between Fusari and Starland have produced, Gaga filed a motion on Jan. 6, 2014 to seal portions of the proceedings.
The docs — filed on her behalf by attorney Sandra A. Crawshaw-Sparks in New Jersey — state that details involved in the settlement agreement she made with Fusari are not to be revealed.
Gaga claims in the court papers that the strictly confidential agreement contains information that if exposed, would damage her career.
“In 2010, Germanotta entered into a confidential settlement agreement with Rob Fusari and Rob Fusari Productions, resolving certain disputes, unrelated to the instant action, that had arisen between them,” the documents read.
“These documents include highly sensitive financial information that could inflict significant professional and competitive harm upon Germanotta if disclosed.”
Crawshaw-Sparks asked the records be sealed before they are filed and the judge has yet to respond with a ruling.