FamousIn February, disaster befell Lady Gaga (35). Its employee, Ryan Fisher, 40, was shot while walking the dogs, and the animals themselves were kidnapped. Fisher now takes a look at the shocking event at Rolling Stone.
Ryan Fisher says he just had a successful date that evening and, in a cheerful mood, went for a walk with Lady Gaga’s three French bulldogs – Miss Asia, Gustav and Koji. But as he was walking down a quiet street, two men jumped out of a white Nissan Altima. They shouted, “Give her up.” One of the dogs, Miss Asia, managed to escape, but the attackers took the other two. They shot Fisher in the chest and then drove off. “My brain started working really fast,” Fisher says now. “I really had to weigh my choices — should I say who owns the dogs? Because if I did, there would be more media attention.” The man said he only had one goal: to get the dogs home safely. “I was bleeding and that was the only thought that ran through my head. What is the best way to do this so that the dogs can be found?”
Fisher was taken to the hospital. “I was very self-conscious and tried to joke. When I find myself in a ridiculous situation, I try to find the humor in it. This was without a doubt the worst situation ever.”
Lady Gaga previously expressed her gratitude to Fisher. In a statement after the attack, she publicly called him “a hero forever. He risked his life to fight for our family,” apparently. But she also helped her employee behind the scenes. He was said to have been allowed to stay at her home after he was discharged from the hospital and sent a therapist to him, “They are my friends,” Fisher says. “I love them and they have definitely been there for me. I have nothing but gratitude for everything they’ve done. It’s just a weird situation, because everything has been smeared in the media. But I’m so grateful for that friendship.”
Fisher was allowed to leave the hospital a week later, but had to return several times for additional procedures. For example, he had to have more than a third of his lung removed because the organ was not recovering well enough. The man is now trying to raise money for a road trip across the United States. He calls it “the quest to strengthen my emotional and mental health.” But fans fear that it means Lady Gaga is no longer really supporting him. “Everyone thought I was trying to blame one person, but it turns out it’s all about love,” Fisher now explains. I have received a lot of support, and I am very grateful for it. I have nothing but gratitude in my heart for the care and support I have received. Most crime victims do not understand this. I do and I’m grateful for that.”
But Elisha Ault, Fisher’s assistant, tells a different story in Rolling Stone. She says, “They supported him from afar. There were so many reassuring words: ‘Oh, don’t worry, we’ll take care of you all the way.'” “But no one came to visit him, talk to him, or communicate with him. Ryan was more than just an employee. They had been true friends for years.”
The dogs are now fine and healthy with Lady Gaga. The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested five people in connection with the case.
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