Madonna Loses Lawsuit Over Signed Tupac Letter Because She 'Waited Too Long'

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Madonna performs at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 26, 2017 in Saint-Tropez, France.

Madonna will officially have to part ways with some high-profile sentimental items -- including a love letter from the late hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur -- due to a judge’s ruling in Manhattan on Monday (April 23).

Madonna’s lawsuit against former friend Darlene Lutz won’t proceed due to a release she signed back almost 15 years ago, in 2004, and simply forfeited her right by waiting too long to contest ownership. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz’s order decreed that the jailhouse letter from Shakur, as well as several other items, would be auctioned off despite the lawsuit.

Evidently, Madge had received several items throughout her two-decade relationship with Lutz, and Lutz simply had the right to keep a portion of it.

For Lutz’s part, her attorney, Judd Grossman, called the verdict a “complete win” for his client. “From day one it was clear that this case should never have been filed and that Madonna did so solely to exact personal revenge on an old foe,” Grossman said.