A US judge has decided that Lady Gaga is not required to pay the lady who returned her dogs after they were stolen in 2021 the $500,000 (£410,000) compensation she was promised.
Previously, Jennifer McBride sued the celebrity for the “no questions asked” bounty and $1.5 million (£1.2 million) in damages.
But the judge ruled that Ms. McBride was unable to collect the money since her involvement in giving the celebrity’s dogs back resulted in a conviction for receiving stolen property.
She countered that she was merely ensuring the two bulldogs were delivered securely.
According to Ms. McBride’s attorney, the singer and actress broke their agreement and committed fraud by withholding payment after their return.
However, Ms. McBride was “not entitled to thereafter benefit from their wrongdoing by seeking to enforce the contract,” Judge Holly J. Fujie said this week.
Ryan Fischer was shot in the chest in February 2021 while walking Lady Gaga’s three French bulldogs in Hollywood. The shooting was described as “a cold-hearted violent act” by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He made it through, but a piece of his lung had to be removed.