2Pac Handwritten Letter Case: Judge Tosses Madonna’s Lawsuit
The battle over Tupac Shakur’s breakup letter to Madonna appears to be over. On Monday (April 23), a judge ruled that the late rapper’s missive to the pop icon can be sold at auction.
As we previously reported, Madonna filed an injunction to block the auction of an "intensely personal" breakup letter that Pac wrote to her when he was in prison in 1995. Pac and Madge dated briefly in the '90s.
The 59-year-old singer said she remembered receiving the 1995 letter and that her former friend, Darlene Lutz, stole the item without her knowledge.
In the letter, 2Pac revealed that he broke up with Madonna because she was white and it would affect his career.
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. The auction house has since removed the items.
Lutz has denied Madonna’s claims in a deposition stating the singer never read her fan mail because she had no interest in her legions of followers. “Madonna didn’t handle her fan mail. She didn’t care," Lutz claims.
The New York Daily News reported on Monday (April 23), Justice Gerald Lebovitz ruled that under a 2004 agreement with Lutz, Madge forfeited her right over her private items. She'd also waited too long to sue over the belongings that had been long gone from her possession.
"(Madonna) knew that throughout her relationship with Lutz, Lutz was in possession of various pieces of (Madonna's) personal property," the judge wrote in his decision. "Yet before this action began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions."
"It's a clear-cut victory for us," Gotta Have It! online auction house co-owner Ed Kosinski told NYDN.
Last year before the lawsuit, the opening bid for the 2Pac letter was $100,000. Interest bidders can place their offers again in July when the missive hits the auction block again.
Attorneys for Madonna had no comment on the matter.
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