Lady Gaga may sue over breastmilk ice cream name

LONDON Wed Mar 9, 2011 7:59pm GMT

Lady Gaga accepts her award for Best Pop Vocal Album for ''The Fame Monster'' at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 13, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Lady Gaga accepts her award for Best Pop Vocal Album for ''The Fame Monster'' at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 13, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

LONDON (Reuters) - Pop singer Lady Gaga has threatened to sue a specialist ice cream parlour in London for naming its breast milk ice cream "Baby Gaga," the shop's owner said on Wednesday.

Matt O'Connor, founder of The Icecreamists in London's Covent Garden, said he had received a letter from Lady Gaga's lawyers informing him that the singer planned to sue him over the name.

"She's threatening to bankrupt us and she's also threatening me personally, saying she'll seize my personal assets and property," he said.

Lady Gaga's London solicitors, Mishcon de Reya, said they would not comment.

O'Connor denied the flamboyant singer -- whose meat dress and other strange outfits have promoted her quirky image and delighted her fans -- had inspired the name he chose for the dessert made from breast milk blended with Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest.

"It's just the first noise a baby makes -- it's nothing to do with anyone else," he said, adding that he was working on a response to the letter.

London's Westminster Council briefly confiscated supplies of "Baby Gaga" ice cream last week on health concerns, but gave it the all-clear on Wednesday.

"We're pleased that the safety checks we've undertaken on the products have come back clear," Westminster Council's cabinet member for business Brian Connell said in a statement.

O'Connor told Reuters he was considering taking legal action against the council for damage to his reputation.

"They made the damaging assertion that breast milk ice cream isn't safe," he said, adding that it was an overreaction to the safest food in the world.

(Reporting by Michelle Martin; editing by Patricia Reaney)

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Comments (2)
zomboy wrote:
Seems a bit rich… Didn’t Lady Gaga say in an interview that she took her name from the Queen song ‘Radio Gaga’ due to her love for Freddie Mercury???… I understand that she may be worried about the ice cream thing, as stupid and ridiculous as it is, from a PR point of view considering all of the negative press that it’s getting – but how would she react if Brian May had reacted the same way after she wore a dress made of meat?.. She desperately parades herself around in whatever lense or light is available like some pop culture street walker and then reacts like this which is plausibly, as the ice cream company owner has claimed, innocent and completely unrelated. Perhaps they took inspiration from Queen too? Silly prima donna idiot… If it were the case, anyone would assume that she would actually enjoy any publicity gained from such a scandle considering her usual taste for controversial marketing.

Mar 10, 2011 12:11pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
pourquoi wrote:
Perhaps she should be careful that Queen do not sue her for use of the word Gaga since it a blatant copy from Radio Gaga.
At least that would suit would have some merit with both uses being in music.

Is she worried she is not getting enough publicity?

Mar 10, 2011 1:26pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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