Woman who discovered Lady Gaga wins $7 million after being ripped off by her partnerBy Mason White 6:12 PM November 23, 2014
By: Wayne Morin
A woman who filed a lawsuit against her partner after being ripped off despite discovering Lady Gaga, won a $7 million payout, according to court documents in New Jersey.
Wendy Starland found Lady Gaga singing at The Cutting Room in New York City back in 2006.
A federal jury ruled earlier this week, that Robert Fusari must pay the woman $900,000 as well as 50 percent of all the money he made related to Lady Gaga, which amounts to about $7 million for Starland.
Starland sued Fusari for backing out of their agreement to split the profits of Lady Gaga’s career. Starland and Fusari began searching for the next star in 2005.
They were looking for a woman under the age of 25. They discovered Stefani Germanotta, known today as Lady Gaga, after looking around for eight months.
However, after Lady Gaga signed a major record deal to become an international pop star, Starland never received anything from Fusari.
In separate a separate lawsuit, Fusari sued Lady Gaga for $30 million for helping her land a record deal. The two reached an out of court agreement.