Madonna’s “former friend” and art consultant shot back at the singer in court papers filed Wednesday after a judge blocked the auction of personal items that once belonged to the pop star, reports Daily Mail.
Judd Grossman, Darlene Lutz’s attorney, said that Madonna is just using the lawsuit as a means to attack the art dealer.
“This lawsuit is pretext for Madonna’s personal vendetta against Ms. Lutz, whom she already has sued once over a decade ago following a personal falling out.”
On Tuesday, Madonna reportedly accused Lutz of stealing her personal items, including worn underwear and love letters from Tupac Shakur. The items were up for sale at the New York auction house, Gotta Have It Collectibles, and Madonna had a judge halt the sale.
Grossman believes the items should be available to anyone, however, because Madonna sent the underwear and letter through the mail.
“‘If Madonna truly wanted privacy, then mailing her lingerie was not the way to go.”
Grossman is asking the judge to allow the auction to proceed, as well as require Madonna to pay Lutz’ attorney fees.
The pop singer says that Lutz had plenty of time to nab the items as she “would have had access to these items on numerous occasions.” Madonna said Lutz was a “frequent overnight guest” in her homes when she was “not in residence,” reports Page Six.
The singer said she didn’t even realize the letters were missing until she saw them up for auction.
“I was shocked to learn of the planned auctioning of the Shakur letter, as I had no idea that the Shakur letter was no longer in my possession.”
The letter is expected to sell for over $400,000.
Madonna said in the court documents that “the fact that I have attained celebrity status as a result of success in my career does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items.”
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