Lady Gaga sued by doll maker for more than $10M

U.S. pop star Lady Gaga poses for journalists on May 16, 2012, after arriving at the Sungshan Airport in Taipei. AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH (Credit: Sam Yeh/AFP/GettyImages)

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A toy company that manufactures dolls is suing Lady Gaga for more than $10 million. The company claims the pop star improperly backed out of a deal to make a doll in her likeness that would play snippets of her music.

In a suit filed in New York City on Tuesday, MGA Entertainment says it paid a $1 million advance to the company that handles Gaga's merchandizing and spent a mint racing to meet deadlines to ship the dolls this summer.

But the toy maker says the plan was derailed in the spring when the merchandizer, Bravado International, abruptly balked at the part of the deal allowing the dolls to use the singer's music, then tried to delay sales of the doll until next year.

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MGA Entertainment's court filing contains an excerpt from an email message written by Bobby Campbell, an executive at Gaga's management company, Atom Factory.

"We only need to make a few tweaks as we get into sculpting," writes Mr. Campbell, according to the toy maker's complaint. "Facial structure should be more supermodel like - think a prettier version of [Lady] Gaga; thin out the cheeks and sharpen the jaw line, give her more of a cat eye, and a sexier/pouty lip. She loves the shape and build of the body (sic)."

A representative for Lady Gaga called the lawsuit "ill-conceived."

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