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Lady Gaga sued by toymaker for $10 million

Lady Gaga has been slapped with a $10 million lawsuit by a toy manufacturer that claims the pop star and her crew reneged on a Gaga doll that had been in the works, the NYDN reports.

MGA Entertainment had planned on releasing the doll around Christmastime but alleges that at the last minute, Gaga, as well as her management and licensing companies, asked for the toy’s voice-chip to be removed, thus delaying the item’s release date. MGA says that Team Gaga had in bad faith “engaged in intentional and deliberate delays” so that the doll could debut in 2013, which would be timed closer to the release of her upcoming perfume and next album.

The company also cites a $1 million advance given to Gaga’s licensing company, Bravado International, for the rights to produce a doll in the singer’s likeness. It’s apparently the largest advance the company’s ever doled out, “because Lady Gaga is not only an A-list celebrity, but one of the few elite recording artists working today,” MGA says.

Gaga’s spokesperson says that while Gaga’s lawyers have yet to see the suit, they’re confident they’re in the right.
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