Lady Gaga will not pay the promised $500,000 reward for the return of her two French bulldogs who were kidnapped in 2021.
A Los Angeles County judge ruled Monday that Gaga was not obligated to pay Jennifer McBride, 53, for the return of her dogs because the woman had “unclean hands” in connection with the original kissing act.
McBride sued Gaga earlier this year after the singer failed to pay the woman, who was accused of involvement in the original 2021 incident. In the multi-million-dollar lawsuit, McBride accused Gaga of breach of contract, fraud by false promise, and fraud by misrepresentation when she failed to pay “no questions asked” upon the dogs’ safe return.
McBride sued not only for the $500,000 reward, but also for an additional $1.5 million in additional damages. According to Judge Holly J. Fujii, McBride is “not entitled” to a dime.
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News of the petting first made headlines in February 2021, when Ryan Fisher, Gaga’s dog walker, was brutally attacked while walking Gaga’s three dogs.
While walking, two men jumped out of the car and attempted to kidnap the pets, leading to a struggle with Fisher. The fight escalated until one of the men pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and shot the dog walker in the chest, causing life-threatening injuries that led to repeated hospitalizations and eventually partial lung removal.
Two of the dogs named Koji and Gustav were stolen, while a third dog named Asia was left behind. Gaga, who was touring Europe at the time, quickly moved on She took to Instagram To ask the public for help and offer a $500,000 reward for the return of her beloved pets.
The bulldogs were recovered just two days later when a woman who police originally believed to be “uninvolved and unrelated” returned them to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station.
But it was later discovered that this woman was McBride, who was in a relationship with Harold White, the father of one of the suspects in the attack. Both were charged with accessory to attempted murder along with suspects James Jackson, 18, Jaylen White, 19, and Lafayette Wylie, 27, who were charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree robbery.
Jackson was later sentenced to 21 years in prison for pulling the trigger, while White received four years and Wally six.
McBride was initially charged with one count of accessory and receiving stolen property, but the accessory charge was dropped as part of the plea deal. McBride pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property valued at more than $950 and was ordered to serve two years’ felony probation.
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McBride never received the $500,000 reward she believed she deserved despite her involvement in the crime.
She alleged in a complaint filed in a Los Angeles court last year that the singer defrauded her into surrendering her pets with the promise of a $500,000 reward “no questions asked.”
court documents A newspaper obtained by USA TODAY at the time showed McBride’s allegations against the pop star, including breach of contract, fraud by false promise and fraud by misrepresentation. In addition to demanding a $500,000 reward, she is seeking legal fees and compensation for financial “damages,” “pain and suffering,” “mental anguish,” and “loss of enjoyment of life.”
McBride went on to say in the lawsuit that she “fully fulfilled her obligation under the unilateral contract” and accused Gaga of advertising the reward “with the intent to defraud and induce members of the public to rely on and act upon it.” Prepare.”
The court dismissed McBride’s complaint in July but allowed it to be reinstated after review. This time, Judge Fujii didn’t just rule in favor of Gaga but decided that McBride could not retry the lawsuit.
In her previous decision, the judge stated that McBride was trying to “take advantage of the offenses to which she admitted.” In that decision, it ruled that Gaga was not obligated to honor her previous promise to provide a reward, saying: “A party to a contract who acts unlawfully in entering into or performing a contract is not entitled thereafter to profit from his wrongdoing by seeking a reward.” Execution of the contract.”
While McBridge argued that she was not involved in the theft and had no knowledge of its planning before it occurred, the judge noted in her final decision that “it is noteworthy that she never claimed that she was unaware that the bulldogs had been stolen after she had stolen them.” stolen or at the time you received it.”
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