Judge Instructs Terry Richardson to Hand Over 140,000 Photos of Lady Gaga


A federal court judge has ordered celebrity/fashion photographer Terry Richardson to surrender 142,000 shots of Lady Gaga as evidence in a lawsuit against the pop star.

Richardson trailed Gaga (nee Stefani Germanotta) on her 2011 “Monster Ball” tour, capturing myriad candid images of the singer off-stage.

Lawyers for the singer’s former assistant Jennifer O’Neill claim those backstage images are vital for documenting the endless hours of work O’Neill put in. O’Neill is seeking $393,000 as compensation for more than 7,000 hours of unpaid overtime.

O’Neill’s lawyers says Richardson’s photos, which were compiled in the 2011 book “Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson,” document that O’Neill was essentially on duty 24 hours a day when the pop star was on tour.

Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson is a best-selling photo book containing 350+ of Richardson's photos of Gaga

Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson is a best-selling photo book containing 350+ of Richardson’s photos of Gaga

Richardson fought the subpoena, saying the photos were irrelevant to the case and calling the request “harassment.” But Judge Paul Gardephe disagreed last week, ruling that the photos were useful as evidence and that Richardson “hasn’t demonstrated to [the court] that there is any significant burden in producing the photographs,” according to the New York Daily News.

Richardson, known for his sexualized images and eclectic equipment choices, has shot for major fashion houses such Yves Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs along with magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. The NY Daily News reports that he made $58 million between June 2012 and June 2013.

Richardson has until Sunday to turn over the requested images to O’Neill’s legal team. Feel free to calculate for yourself what level of Dropbox account you’d need to share 142,000 RAW files.

(via New York Daily News)

Image credits: terryrichardson01 by davetada, P92949135 by ynevdm

  • Manwithacamera

    142,000 shots for what? Time lapse video? hehe

  • 2352525

    that ugly f*ck makes over 50 million in one year….. hell im doing something wrong.

  • Zos Xavius

    and he is a total creep too from stories I have read. a no talent dirty old man with a point and shoot film camera which from the looks of it, is what he used to shoot his gaga book cover. i don’t get why people hire him really.

  • Joe Blow

    People hire Terry Richardson because they believe that he has prestige or cachet, which to me is baffling. I guess the richer you become the stupider you get and your taste declines. His style, if you could call it that, sucks. He is the epitomizes a hipster asshole to the n’th degree.

  • Dr. Dominik Muench

    Well his dad is Bob Richardson, a well established fashion photographer. Plus he grew up in Hollywood and has access to all the hot shot celebrities you can think of and shot everyone famous including Obama….which is more than can be said of most of us, so I guess that would impress a lot of suits at the creative and advertising agencies. I don’t mind some of his work from a creative point of view. he’s clearly not a strong technical or stylistic photographer but people like hiring him because he gets celebrities to do whacky stuff in front of his camera.

  • Whatthe…

    From the article…

    “O’Neill is seeking $393,000 as compensation for more than 7,000 hours of unpaid overtime.”

    What the hell kind of time keeping system was she using? Shouldn’t some sort of alarm gone off in her head after the first incorrect paycheck?

  • 9inchnail

    7000 hours, that’s 290 DAYS of unpaid work. How can that happen?

  • Ralph Hightower

    142,000 shots? That’s waste of electrons!

  • Wallerus

    If she shot 142,000+ photos of Gaga, I am just assuming he didn’t shoot RAW, but I see where you’re going with this. Maybe he’ll use his Flickr account. One free terabyte!! Woo Hoo!! (still hears crickets because of the whole toolbar thing)

  • Justin

    There are far more technically and stylistically strong photographers and based on all the different accounts of him sexually assaulting and pressuring models into posing nude and having sex with him to further their career he is definitely a total creep. But he has made himself known as the guy that photographs everyone and gets them to do goofy things and has been intrical in helping launch many models career such as Kate Upton and Charlotte Free just to name a couple. So regardless of his technical ability he is sort of famous for being famous and people hire him for the name not because anyone thinks he is a great photographer

  • Theranthrope

    “Look kids; hard work, education, experience, or talent don’t matter worth squat as long as your ol’ dad has connections.”

    ♪Money for nothin’ and chicks for free♪

  • Truz Nad

    Maybe has a collection of pix of the BJs he got during the years…

  • James

    People find the cleverest excuses when they’re trying not to pay you. And if you care about your work, you’ll find the cleverest excuses for why you’re not getting paid.

    That and i’d imagine that when you’re on a tour, you’d face a pretty large penalty to just quit.

  • James

    Yeah, I don’t really get why people like his work. Look at his site, i mean he’s taken a few good shots, but over all, his work kinda sucks.