Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Madonna sued in Russia for $13m over gay support

In a file picture taken on July 14, 2012, US singer Madonna performs on stage with dancers at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, a Paris suburb, during her MDNA world tour. -- PHOTO: AFP
MOSCOW (AFP) - Several Russian activists have filed a US$10 million (S$13 million) lawsuit against Madonna, claiming they were offended by the pop diva's support of homosexuals during her recent show, their lawyer said on Monday.
"On Friday, a 333-million-ruble (S$13 million) lawsuit was filed against Madame Louise Veronica Ciccone who calls herself Madonna," Mr Alexander Pochuyev, a lawyer representing the activists told AFP.

He also said the suit targeted the organisers of Madonna's show in Saint Petersburg this month as well as the concert hall. A spokesman for the Moscow District Court in Saint Petersburg confirmed to AFP the lawsuit had been received, adding the court would decide by the end of the week whether to accept it.
The nine plaintiffs, including activists from the Trade Union of Russian Citizens, claim there were offended by Madonna's support for gays. During her show in Russia's former imperial capital the pop icon stripped to her bra to reveal the words "No Fear!" written on her back and called on her fans to show "love and appreciation for the gay community." Mr Pochuyev also said the plaintiffs accused Madonna of trampling on a cross during her highly-theatrical performance playing on religious themes.

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