Lady Gaga sued by toy manufacturers over doll dispute

Toymakers MGA Entertainment file a lawsuit against the singer for alleged breach of contract

Lady Gaga is being sued by a toy manufacturer that she licensed to make a doll in her image.

According to the New York Daily News, MGA Entertainment has filed a $10 million (£6.5 million) lawsuit against the singer and her management and licensing companies for alleged breach of contact. They claim that the singer requested the removal of a voice chip from their Lady Gaga doll, which jeopardised their ability to meet retail deadlines.

MGA Entertainment had hoped to have the doll in shops in time for Christmas, but the toymakers claim that Lady Gaga and her team “engaged in intentional and deliberate delays” to postpone its launch until 2013 – to coincide with her new album and perfume.

MGA Entertainment claim to have paid the singer’s licensing company, the Bravado International Group, a $1 million (£650,000) advance for the rights to make the doll. The toymakers say they sent the singer sample dolls in March, which she was apparently “blown away by”.

However, after making the “few tweaks” that Lady Gaga and her team requested, the manufacturers claim to have received an instruction to remove the voice chip and postpone shipping until 2013. In addition to damages, MGA is petitioning for the right to dispatch the doll as it is.

Lady Gaga’s spokesperson Amanda Silverman told the New York Daily News that the singer’s lawyers have not seen the court documents, but added: “Lady Gaga will vigorously defend MGA’s ill-conceived lawsuit and is confident that she will prevail.” She also insisted that the dispute is a matter for the toymakers and the licensing company, saying: “There was no legitimate reason for dragging Lady Gaga into that dispute.”