Lady Gaga’s lawyers want a federal judge in Chicago to squash some of the courtroom discussions about whether she and Jennifer Lopez stole the same unlicensed music sample for the songs they released back in 2011.
Attorneys for Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Germanotta, have filed a motion asking that parts of a transcript from a hearing in Chicago last month be redacted, saying the public discussion involved secret matters that both parties agreed to keep confidential.
The lawsuit was brought by local Chicago musician Rebecca Francescatti, who performs as Rebecca F and who claims Lady Gaga ripped off portions of her 1999 song “Juda” for Lady Gaga’s 2011 hit “Judas.” Both performers worked with recording engineer Brian Gaynor, who helped pitch ideas to Lady Gaga and is also being sued.
Lady Gaga and her record company have shown no interest in settling the case.
The lawsuit has uncovered text messages between Lady Gaga and producer RedOne, whose real name is Nadir Khayat, that shows Lady Gaga had also stolen another sample loop used in “Judas” and later in Lopez’s song “Invading My Mind” without credit, and it demonstrates that Lady Gaga knew she had stolen a sample for her hit “Judas” and, to cover her tracks, got Jennifer Lopez to give her a producing credit on “Invading My Mind” even though Lady Gaga admitted she did no work on the track, Francescatti’s lawyers have said.
“It looks to me like a conspiracy of silence. “Lady Gaga did nothing, No work.”, according to Francescatti attorney Christopher Niro.