Madonna has been ordered to appear in a Russian court for speaking in support of gay rights during a concert in St Petersburg.
A group of 10 anti-gay Russian activists from the Trade Union of Russian Citizens want the superstar to pay $10 million in damages, claiming she ‘insulted their feelings’ by flouting a city law adopted in March that imposes fines for spreading homosexual ‘propaganda.’
According to Russia Today, a legal summons has been sent to the 53-year-old’s home address in New York.
During the MDNA gig in August, the Material Girl told fans to ‘show your love and appreciation to the gay community.’
She then added: ‘We want to fight for the right to be free.’
Madonna also had pink wristbands distributed to the audience before her concert and 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!’
The queen of pop’s comments also enraged senior Russian officials, with Dmitry Rogozin venting his anger at the singer on Twitter.
‘With age, every former s. tries to lecture everyone on morality,’ he tweeted.
‘Either take off your cross, or put on your knickers.’
Although Madonna has yet to appear in court, the first hearing took place on 11 October, but it was postponed until 25 October because they didn’t know her address to notify her.
The country has seen increasing intolerance and hostility toward the gay community, with anti-gay ‘propaganda’ laws passed in several cities including St Petersburg, pride marches banned in Moscow for 100 years and attacks on gay clubs in the capital.