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Posted: April 23, 2018

Madonna loses lawsuit to reclaim Tupac love letter, reports say

Tupac Letter To Madonna Reveals He Broke Up With Her Over Race, Reports Say

By Najja Parker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


A judge has denied Madonna’s request to reclaim of an old love letter she received from Tupac due to a release she signed nearly 15 years ago, reports say.

In 2017, the singer sued an auctioneer, Gotta Have It! Collectibles, and former art consultant Darlene Lutz over the sale of some personal items that went missing after she moved out her Miami home.

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The songstress said she didn’t realize her possessions had been misplaced until the letter, a hairbrush containing her blonde locks and other memorabilia appeared in an auction in July 2017.

While Madonna was granted a temporary stay to block the auction last summer, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits ultimately threw out her suit, citing a statute of limitations.

“Mere ignorance or lack of discovery of the wrong is not sufficient to toll the statute,” Lebovits wrote in the ruling, Page Six reported.

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“The release language indicates the end of any relationship between the parties, including the broad waiver for any claims then ‘unknown and unsuspected,’” the decision said, according to The Wrap. “Plaintiff knew that throughout her relationship with Lutz, Lutz was in possession of various pieces of plaintiff’s personal property … Yet before this action began, plaintiff did not make any demand for the return of her possessions.”

“Plaintiff could have narrowed the scope of the settlement and broad waiver, but she did not do so. This action falls under the broad scope of the agreement’s waiver of claims. Thus, this court grants defendant’s motion to dismiss the complaint and denies plaintiff’s motion for injunctive relief.”

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Madonna has lost a lawsuit over the auctioning of her items, which includes a letter she wrote to Tupac. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

The judge discovered a 2004 settlement, where the pop star signed an agreement with Lutz that forfeited her right to retrieve her items. 

“Sophisticated parties having negotiated an extraordinarily broad release with their eyes open with the aid of counsel cannot later invalidate that release by claiming ignorance of the depth of their fiduciary’s misconduct,” Lebovits said.

Once Madonna’s previous hold is released, Lutz and the auctioneer will be able to proceed with the sale. 


Tupac letter to Madonna reveals he broke up with her over race, reports say

A newly released letter reportedly written by Tupac Shakur reveals he supposedly broke off his relationship with Madonna because of her race.

In the letter first released by TMZ, later authenticated by Rolling Stone and reported by major media outlets such as USA Today and ABC News, the rapper, who died in 1996, poured his heart out in the letter he wrote while serving time in prison for sexual assault at Clinton Correctional Facility. The note was written Jan. 15, 1995.

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“I’ve waited a long time 2 finally write this mainly because I was struggling to find all the answers that I wouldn’t leave any unanswered questions. First and foremost, I must apologize to you because like you said I haven’t been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being,” the letter reads.

“For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting. But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was.”

The letter continues, “I never meant to hurt you.”

Shakur also reportedly wrote, “Please understand my previous position as that of a young man with limited experience with an extremely famous sex symbol.”

He ended his letter with words of advice to his former flame.

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“Please be careful Madonna. Everyone is not as honorable as they seem there are those whose hearts bleed with envy & evil. They would not hesitate to do you harm! Let my 5 bullets be proof of that!” the letter reads, referencing the time he was shot five times, which he believed to be connected to people he knew in the music industry.

After signing off, Shakur reportedly added one final note.

“I don’t know how you feel about visiting me but if you could find it in your heart I would love to speak face to face with you,” the letter reads. “It’s funny but this experience has taught me to not take time 4 granted.”

Parts of the note have been redacted.

The letter is up for auction at Gotta have Rock and Roll. The starting bid is $100,000, but it is expected to sell for more.


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