Lady Gaga refuses to pay a $500,000 reward for the return of her French bulldogs, insisting the woman was aware of them being stolen.
The Bad Romance singer was sued in February by Jennifer McBride — who handed over the pop star’s dogs in February 2021, two days after they were taken from her dog walker — after she refused to hand over the “no questions” sum in exchange for the safe return of her pooches and the 37-year-old star has now filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, insisting the woman was part of a conspiracy to steal the animals.
Documents obtained by CBS News stated: “Plaintiff Jennifer McBride seeks to profit from her participation in a crime.
“The law does not allow a person to commit a crime and then profit from it.”
Attorneys for Gaga said McBride claimed to have been a good Samaritan who found the dogs on the street by chance and had “no idea” they belonged to the Star is Born actress. However, they argued she was, in fact, a “direct and knowing participant in the criminal enterprise”.
In December, McBride was sentenced to two years probation after pleading no contest to knowingly receiving stolen property.
She has maintained she performed her obligation under the terms of the reward contract. Still, Gaga had no intention of paying it, so she is suing for breach of contract, fraud by false promise and fraud by misrepresentation.
She is also seeking legal fees and compensation for financial damages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life; however, Gaga’s team argued she had not suffered any damages in returning the dogs.
A hearing on the motion to dismiss has been scheduled for 10 July.