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Woman Charged In Connection With Theft of Lady Gaga's Dogs Is Suing Star For Reward Money

Jennifer McBride, who took a plea deal in connection with the violent dognapping of Lady Gaga's French bulldogs, is now suing the star for the reward money and an additional million for pain, suffering and mental anguish. 

By Gina Tron
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A woman charged in connection with the violent dognapping of Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs is now suing the singer for the reward money she claims she is owed.

Jennifer McBride, 52, filed a complaint on Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court arguing that the star owes her the half a million dollars she promised for the safe return of her dogs, Law&Crime reports. More than that, she is asking for an additional $1 million for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.

“The unilateral offer to pay the ward of $500,000.00 ‘no questions asked’ was communicated to the public through numerous news outlets,” the complaint states.

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It argues that on Feb. 26, 2021, McBride “accepted Defendants’ unilateral offer by contacting Defendants, and delivering LADY GAGA’s [French] bulldogs to Defendants” at a Los Angeles police station.

McBride was one of five people charged in connection with the dognapping of two of the pop star’s three French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav. In her lawsuit, she claims she also returned the dogs safely in exchange for the reward money. She had claimed at the time that she found them tied to a pole. McBride and Harold White, who were in a relationship, were then arrested for being accessories to the crime. McBride later entered a plea deal to have the accessory charge dropped; she was sentenced to two years probation as a result.

Meanwhile, three others were hit with more heinous allegations, including the son of McBride’s boyfriend. James Howard Jackson, Jaylin White [Harold White’s son], and Lafayette Whaley were all arrested and charged with attempted murder and robbery. Jackson was sentenced to 21 years last year for shooting the star’s dog walker Ryan Fischer in the chest during the violent dognapping. Fischer sustained critical injuries as a result of the shooting that eventually led to a lung collapse, National Pubic Radio reported. After his release from the hospital, he stated in a series of Instagram posts that he was traumatized by the incident.

McBride, the complaint says, has “fully performed her obligation under the unilateral contract” and is entitled to the $500,000 reward. As Law&Crime points out, rewards are typically considered “unilateral contracts,” in which the reward offer is accepted through an act; in this case, the act would be returning the dogs. McBride claims that Lady Gaga committed fraud by not upholding her “no questions asked” promise regarding the reward offer.

“Defendants[‘] representation that they would pay the reward money of $500,000 ‘no questions asked’ was also false,” the lawsuit states. “The truth was that Defendants never intended to pay the reward money to Plaintiff.”

Lady Gaga has yet to comment on the lawsuit.