Lady Gaga is being sued for not paying a reward to a woman who returned her stolen canines — though that woman was arrested as an accent to the dognapping.
In a lawsuit obtained by BuzzFeed News and People, Jennifer McBride sued Gaga for failing to pay her a $500,000 reward that was promised to the one who returned her two French bulldogs in 2021. The canines had been stolen after Gaga’s canine walker was shot, and the singer offered a reward for their return.
McBride was the one to flip in the canines. However in April 2021, police arrested 5 suspects in connection to the dognapping, together with McBride, who was accused of being an adjunct after the actual fact. She was reportedly in a relationship with the daddy of one of many suspects. TMZ previously reported that police had been “suspicious” of McBride when she returned the canines, claiming she discovered them, “and that is why Gaga was suggested by cops not to pay the $500,000 reward.”
However McBride’s lawsuit claims Gaga provided the “no questions requested” reward with “the intent to defraud and induce members of the general public, resembling Plaintiff, to rely on it and to act upon stated promise by finding and delivering Lady Gaga’s bulldogs to Defendants,” per People. She is searching for not less than $1.5 million in damages, NBC News reports.
According to the Los Angeles Times, McBride pleaded no contest to a cost of receiving stolen property in December, and she or he acquired two years of probation. Los Angeles County Deputy District Lawyer Michele Hanisee told TMZ that McBride was conscious the canines had been stolen when she returned them.