A pistillate charged successful transportation with the theft of Lady Gaga's French bulldogs aft they were dognapped astatine gunpoint is present suing the star, alleging she was denied a $500,000 "no questions asked" reward, according to a tribunal filing.
Jennifer McBride was 1 of 5 co-defendants charged successful transportation with the theft of prized pets Koji and Gustav aft handing them into police.
Lady Gaga's canine walker Ryan Fischer was changeable and wounded during the dognapping successful Los Angeles, which took spot successful February 2021 arsenic the prima was retired of the country.
James Howard Jackson, 1 of 3 men and 2 accomplices who allegedly participated successful the convulsive robbery, pleaded nary contention to 1 number of attempted execution successful December 2022, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said, and was sentenced to 21 years successful prison.
McBride pleaded nary contention to receiving stolen spot successful transportation with the theft, besides successful December. Now, according to a tribunal filing, she is accusing Lady Gaga, whose existent sanction is Stefani Germanotta, of breach of contract, fraud by mendacious committedness and fraud by misrepresentation for not paying her the $500,000 (£413,800) reward.
In summation to the reward money, McBride is seeking nary little than $1.5m (£1.25m) successful damages, arsenic good arsenic unspecified wide damages, having filed an eight-page ailment astatine Los Angeles County Superior Court.
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McBride claims she was entitled to the reward wealth aft delivering the dogs to a Los Angeles constabulary presumption 2 days aft they were taken. The suit alleges Lady Gaga ne'er intended to wage the "no questions asked" reward wealth - instead, she was questioned by constabulary astir the instrumentality of the bulldogs.
As a result, McBride endured symptom and suffering, intelligence anguish and nonaccomplishment of enjoyment of life, according to the lawsuit.
Without reward 'dogs would apt person ended up successful a breeding mill'
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Michele Hanisee said: "If Lady Gaga suffers a fiscal nonaccomplishment by paying that reward, she volition suffice arsenic a unfortunate of transgression nether California law, and the radical volition beryllium obligated by instrumentality to question restitution successful tribunal for that nonaccomplishment from each and each suspect successful the case."
Ms Hanisee said that if the prima had not travel guardant publically acknowledging the dogs were hers and offering a reward, "the dogs would apt person ended up successful a breeding mill".
She noted that "McBride is inactive connected ceremonial probation" and "still nether the jurisdiction of the court".
Sky News has contacted representatives for Lady Gaga for comment.