In a decision made public yesterday, judge Gerald Lebovits ruled that she had misdirected her legal action by targeting Darlene Lutz, the NY art collector who helped Madonna build a collection before the pair fell out.
"Yet before this action began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions".
Gotta Have Rock and Roll told the Daily News that the Madonna items would go back on auction in July this year.
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USA pop singer Madonna.
Madonna said that she had no idea Lutz was in possession of the items that had been put up for auction.
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Madonna maintains that the items that were up for bidding at gottahaverockandroll.com, including the letter, photos, a checkbook and a pair of worn panties, were all stolen. These were halted, while the auction of over 100 other Madonna items went ahead, many of which were contributed by Darlene Lutz, Madonna's personal assistant for over two decades.
"It's a clear cut victory for us", Gotta Have It! auction house co-owner Ed Kosinski said. I also have a specific memory of reading the letter. She then filed suit in NY in August 2017 in an effort to halt the auction indefinitely.
While Madonna says that some of the items are "highly confidential and embarrassing", you'd have to wonder who in their right mind would hand over such things to anyone in the first place. Madonna claimed this woman was a friend who betrayed her trust and privacy by taking the items, but the auction house saw the claims as baseless and were willing to battle it out in court according to Reuters.
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In 2004, Madonna had also signed a release from "any and all" future claims against Lutz, meaning she could not bring this lawsuit. "We were confident that Madonna had no claim whatsoever, and the judge clearly agreed with us". 2Pac explained that he felt pressure from his fans to support the image of himself he had created, and that, coupled with his hurt from certain comments Madonna had made, contributed to their split.