Lady Gaga and jilted producer drop legal dispute

NEW YORK Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:25pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A legal battle between pop sensation Lady Gaga and her former producer and lover has ended, a Gaga spokeswoman said on Friday.

Producer Rob Fusari had sued his one-time protege for more than $30 million (19 million pounds) claiming he was instrumental to her success but unable to profit from it when their romance ended.

He contended in his March lawsuit that he was a key figure in transforming the ambitious young woman named Stefani Germanotta into the pop phenomenon she is today, even helping coin her moniker, Lady Gaga.

Gaga countersued days later alleging the early agreement she had with Fusari was illegal and that she did not owe him one cent.

Both suits were dismissed by the New York State Supreme Court in late August and the decision was made public this week.

A spokeswoman for Lady Gaga said in a statement on Friday the double Grammy-award winner and Fusari "have agreed to end their dispute amicably and wish each other well."

"Rob Fusari is a Grammy award winning producer and co-writer of 'Paparazzi' and a number of other songs on Lady Gaga's debut album 'The Fame'," the statement said.

An attorney for Fusari did not immediately return calls for comment. It was not clear whether any money had exchanged hands.

Lady Gaga has cultivated a rabid fanbase with her performance art shows and hits such as "Bad Romance" and "Alejandro". She has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.

Fusari's lawsuit detailed how the singer met Fusari in March 2006 through a mutual friend. Initially unimpressed by her appearance, he asked her to sing and was "within seconds" blown away.

"Fusari thought Germanotta's songs were brilliant but lacked commercial appeal. He pushed her to explore different musical genres," his lawsuit said.

(Reporting by Basil Katz; Editing by Jill Serjeant)

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