A woman arrested and ultimately sentenced to probation in the theft of Lady Gaga’s dogs in 2021 has sued the pop star for not paying her the $500,000 reward Gaga offered for the dogs’ return.
Jennifer McBride claims the singer “defrauded” her “by making a promise without intent to perform,” Buzzfeed News reported. Her lawsuit claims she suffered pain, suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life when Gaga refused to pay her the reward.
McBride turned the two French bulldogs into the Los Angeles Police Department two days after they were stolen — and Gaga’s dog walker critically injured in a shooting — claiming she had found the dogs.
But police later determined she was dating Harold White, the father of one of the three men who committed the robbery. White was also arrested, along with his son Jaylin White, James Jackson, and Lafayette Whatley.
Jackson was identified as the suspect who shot dog walker Ryan Fischer four times in the chest. He, Whatley, and White were charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit robbery, and second-degree robbery. White and McBride were charged as accessories after the fact, with White also charged with possession of a firearm and McBride charged with receiving stolen property, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Jackson pleaded no contest last December to attempted murder and admitted to inflicting great bodily injury and to a “prior strike,” the Associated Press reported. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison. Jaylin White and Whaley pleaded no contest to second degree robbery, with White sentenced to four years and Whaley sentenced to six years.
Harold White pleaded no contest to the gun charge.
McBride, who initially tried to claim the reward for finding the dogs, also accepted a deal, pleading no contest to receiving stolen property. She was sentenced to two years probation, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Lady Gaga has not commented on the lawsuit, Buzzfeed said.
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[Featured image: FILE – Lady Gaga at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards gala on March 16, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/File)]