Lady Gaga has been slammed with a $10 million lawsuit by a toy manufacturer who claim the singer deliberately sabotaged a deal they had to release dolls made in her likeness.
MGA Entertainment accused Gaga and her management of making a last-minute request to remove a voice chip from the doll, preventing them from getting the toys on shelves in time for Christmas.
The toy company claim Gaga delayed the process purposefully to try and time the doll’s release with her perfume and album, which are released in 2013.
‘Think a prettier version of Gaga. Thin out the cheeks and sharpen the jawline. Give her more of a cat-eye and sexier, poutier lips,’ MGA officials claim they were instructed in emails.
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, allegedly loved the shape and build of the doll’s body.
The 26-year-old superstar also reportedly approved of the doll’s silver Grammy outfit and green crystal dress. Although she suggested a Born This Way zombie ensemble too.
Gaga’s team even suggested making another doll with a removable head which comes off to reveal a bloody stump.
The toy company say it noted the Poker Face singer’s requests and went back to the drawing board. However, when they sent her a new sample doll in April, they were allegedly asked to pull the voice chip.
On April 23, Gaga said she wanted shipping delayed until she was ready to release her new album, despite MGA already having deals with distributors lined up.
In addition to damages, MGA is asking a judge to allow distribution of the doll as is.
In its Manhattan Supreme Court suit filed on Tuesday, MGA accused Gaga and her team of engaging ‘in intentional and deliberate delays’ to prevent it from meeting its summer deadline with distributors.
MGA say they have already paid the star’s licensing company, the Bravado International Group, $1 million for the rights to make the doll.
MGA paid out the largest advance it’s ever made ‘because Lady Gaga is not only an A-list celebrity, but one of the few elite recording artists working today.’
Gaga spokesman Amanda Silverman told the New York Daily News that the singer’s lawyers have not seen the court papers.
‘Lady Gaga will vigorously defend MGA’s ill-conceived lawsuit and is confident that she will prevail,’ Silverman said.
She added that the dispute was largely between MGA and Bravado saying there was no ‘legitimate reason’ to drag Gaga into the dispute.
Last December, Gaga’s former personal assistant Jennifer O’Neill sued the singer claiming she was a nightmare to work for, regularly making diva-like demands.