Last week Madonna memorabilia went for auction on GottaHaveRockandRoll.com The pop star quickly filed an emergency court order the night before the memorabilia was set to go up for auction.
A New York Supreme Court Justice granted Madonna a preliminary injunction blocking for the sale of 22 personal items. In her statement, the artist references the items to be “extremely private and personally sensitive.”
The items listed for auction on the website include “personally worn” satin underwear and a note from previous boyfriend, Tupac Shakur, photos, personal checkbook, a used hairbrush, unreleased recordings and letters for two other boyfriends.
In her filing Madonna states she learned of the items from the news when they were listed for auction on GottaHaveRockandRoll.com Darlene Lutz, provider of the items to the auction site was a longtime personal friend of Madonna for 20 years and “Madonna’s art consultant”.
In her filing to the court, Madonna states Lutz once had regular access to her homes and even helped her move. Madonna’s lawyers furthered continued in their statement to the court, Madonna “never sold, gifted or otherwise transferred title or a possessory interest in any of the Madonna Memorabilia to Ms. Lutz.” They continued, the singer is “suffering irreparable harm” from the “unauthorized display, disclosure and dissemination of highly personal information, including her, her friend’s and former boyfriends’ confidential mental thoughts and impressions.”
Madonna then states a point of privacy in her court order. “I understand that my DNA could be could be extracted from a piece of my hair,” she continues, “It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public.”
Lutz’s and her representatives called Madonna’s actions as “completely baseless and meritless”. They added, “Madonna’s allegations will be vigorously challenged and refuted in a court of law in due course. We are confident that the Madonna memorabilia will be backlisted in a future Gotta Have Rock and Roll online auction once the legal proceeding is concluded.”
To refute Madonna’s temporary restraining order, Lutz’s lawyers argued the statue of limitations for any alleged theft of the items would be expired by now. According to Lutz’s lawyers, Madonna released her claim in this case in a previous settlement between she and Lutz.
“This lawsuit is pretext for Madonna’ personal vendetta against Ms. Lutz, whom she already has sued once over a decade ago following a personal falling out”, said Lutz’s lawyers. “If Madonna truly wanted privacy, then mailing her lingerie was not the way to go.” added Lutz’s lawyers.
No representatives for Madonna have responded to statements made by Lutz’s lawyers.
As of Wednesday, only 56 of 128 Madonna items remained for sale on the GottaHaveRockandRoll.com