Madonna has suffered a courtroom defeat in her ongoing legal battle to prevent a very personal letter from onetime boyfriend Tupac Shakur from winding up on the auction block.
The letter first surfaced in July 2017, dated Jan. 15, 1995, written shortly before Shakur began serving a prison sentence after being convicted on sexual assault charges.
In the letter, the rapper essentially ends his romantic relationship with Madonna, writing, “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.”
He added, “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. I never meant to hurt you.”
The letter was to have gone up for sale in 2017, but Madonna’s lawyers were able to halt the auction by claiming the letter was Madonna’s personal property and could not be sold by a third party.
Madonna subsequently launched a lawsuit against photographer Darlene Lutz, an old friend who had managed to gain possession of the letter and other documents, but a judge tossed her suit out of court last year because Madonna had signed a release preventing her from suing over the sale of the letter. As a result, Madonna’s lawyers filed an appeal.
However, TMZ reports that a judge has ruled against Madonna, blocking her appeal and allowing the auction house — Gotta Have Rock and Roll — to proceed with its sale of the letter, with an appellate court upholding the judge’s previous decision and denying her appeal.
With Madonna left with no more legal options to pursue, look for the letter to be up for auction soon.