Madonna being sued for $10 million by anti-gay Russian activists

Claim singer insulted their feelings by speaking out for gay rights at St Petersburg concert

Madonna being sued for $10 million by anti-gay Russian activists
17 August 2012

When Madonna performed in St Petersburg last week, she told fans at her MDNA concert to ‘show your love and appreciation to the gay community.’

She then added: ‘We want to fight for the right to be free.’

Now a group of 10 anti-gay Russian activists want her to pay. They filed a $10 million lawsuit in a St Petersburg court on Friday (17 August) against the singer. They claim she insulted their feelings by flouting a city law adopted in March that imposes fines for spreading homosexual ‘propaganda.’

‘She (Madonna) had been warned with words that she should behave in line with the law and she ignored it. So we will speak in the language of money,’ one of the activists, Darya Dedova, told Reuters. ‘Of course, it is difficult to measure moral damages and suffering but maybe people who earn money regardless of moral rules will better understand this.’

Dedova said if they win the case, the money would be sent to orphanages.

Madonna had pink wristbands distributed to the audience before her concert. She also dressed in black lingerie with the words ‘No Fear’ scrawled on her bare back.

‘Do we live in fear?’ she asked and was met with a resounding ‘No!’

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