Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Lady Gaga sued over dolls deal

A toy company suing Lady Gaga over allegations she pulled out of a deal to make dolls that looked like her and played snippets of her music

A toy company is suing Lady Gaga for more than 10 million US dollars (£6.5 million), claiming the pop star improperly backed out of a deal to make a doll in her likeness that would play snippets of her music.

In a suit filed in New York City, MGA Entertainment said it paid a 1 million dollar (£650,000) advance to the company that handles Gaga's merchandising and spent a mint racing to meet deadlines to ship the dolls this summer.

But the toy maker said the plan was derailed in the spring when the merchandiser, Bravado International, abruptly baulked at the part of the deal allowing the dolls to use the singer's music, then tried to delay sales of the doll until next year.

A representative for Lady Gaga called the lawsuit "ill-conceived".

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