Madonna loses legal battle to block sale of love letter
- Author: Kyle Peterson Apr 25, 2018,
Apr 25, 2018, 6:38
"(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, obtained by the New York Daily News. In a lawsuit filed last August, Madonna sought return of those items, including some that had actually already been auctioned off, because they weren't covered by that initial injunction.
Madonna failed to stop her longtime friend and auctioneer Darlene Lutz to stop the sale, which was stopped temporarily pending the outcome of the matter.
Other items included in this collection were silk underwear belonging to the star and a hairbrush with strands of her hair.
The 1995 letter, which was written by Tupac while in prison, was sent to Madonna in order to inform her that their relationship was ending because Tupac was anxious that dating a white woman could damage his reputation. Tupac and Madonna dated from 1993 to 1994.
The auction contains a second letter, sent from Madonna to "J", in which she describes Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone as "horribly mediocre".
"It's a clear cut victory for us", Gotta Have It! online auction house co-owner Ed Kosinski said. She was awarded a temporary block on the auction in 2017.
The auction house released a statement on Monday, saying: "We did substantial due diligence when we took all the Madonna items for auction".
Lebovitz said that Madonna forfeited her rights to these items in 2004 and that she waited too long to sue.
The auction house has now won the legal battle, and the auction will go ahead in July. Additionally, she called some of these items "highly confidential and embarrassing".
However, a judge has since ruled that Madonna's legal action was misdirection. 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.