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Madonna faces $10.5M suit over LGBT support in Russia

RollingStone.com

After Madonna challenged St. Petersburg's gay pride ban at a concert there earlier this month, a group of activists has announced they will file a $10.5 million lawsuit against the pop star for "moral damage," reports RIA Novosti, a Russian news agency.

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Members of the Union of Russian Citizens, the civil group People's Assembly and the New Great Russia party are submitting the lawsuit today.

"We demand that she pay for moral damage suffered by St. Petersburg residents as a result of her actions during the show on Aug. 9," a spokeswoman for the Union of Russian Citizens said. "We must defend our right to normal cultural life without propaganda of values and views that contradict the Russian culture."

A lawyer representing the group said the "psychological stress and emotional shock" was felt beyond the show's attendees, claiming many other people were affected by footage of the show and reports on the Internet.

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"While speaking of tolerance, she abuses the feelings of believers," said Alexander Pochuyev, claiming Madonna's "open promotion of homosexuality" was at fault. The singer handed out handed out pink bracelets and repeatedly showed support for the LGBT community during her set Aug. 9, despite protests in the city.

The lawsuit adds more controversy to Madonna's MNDA tour: Elton John bashed her earlier this month and called her career "over."

She displayed World War II-era footage of the Warsaw Uprising at a tour stop in the Polish capital, in reaction to protests. In July, a Paris crowd booed and call her a "slut" after her 45-minute set at an unexpected show. France's far right National Front party announced they will file a lawsuit against Madonna for her use of Nazi imagery at a tour stop in Paris.

She has also canceled the Australian leg of her MDNA tour and was recently sued over an uncleared sample on her 1990 hit "Vogue."

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Aug 19, 2012 11:43AM
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You know it's interesting that they would just go to see madonna's show cause they hate her that much. I think they were just looking to make some money and find any little to sue. I mean if you don't like Madonna or her music or her shows. Then why attend........i'm sure millions of her fans had no problem with the display of imagery and her demonstration of free speech that Madonna has showed during her tours and shows throughout years, like some other artists out in the world. You have to love the quote they suffered "psychological stress and emotional shock".... so why were you there in the first place. They knew madonna was going to be contravercy since she came on the scene in the 80's.........I think some should jusst get over it and "Turn Up The Radio"......and dance......
Aug 19, 2012 9:07AM
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Question for Madonna: Are you a musician.. or are you a politician? You are mostly a dancer than a musician, just like Michael Jackson was. Did the public ever see Jackson holding an actual musical instrument in his hands throughout his entire career? Nope. Personally, I think you should shut your trap about politics and stick to the music because most of the informed public does not want to hear you voicing your opinion regarding sensitive political issues. Be who you really are for once in your life (a singer or musician), instead of what you are not. Drop all the fake contrived **** and fashion nonsense. Those days are long over. Take some advice and start doing lounge shows or something in Vegas like Elvis did. hahahha Seriously.. get real.
Aug 19, 2012 8:46AM
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I agree with Russia. Madonna made most of her money off of selling herself  doing fancy footwork and monopolizing like a fashion fake market whore. The same thing goes for what is happening today with artists like Lady Gaga and Bieber..They're all a bunch of  fashion laced jumping and hand waving mainstream monopolizing scam artists. At least half of Madonna's music was laden with erotic filth and almost ZERO redeemable traditional music value anyways, so I say sue the pants off her.
Aug 18, 2012 11:38PM
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Are you kidding me? These money hungry demons are out of control. let it be!  These religious heathens need to crawl into the shadows until they learn free speech and free love for all. Ludacris lawsuit.
Aug 18, 2012 10:54PM
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She keeps 10mil in her left shoe. Whatever.  
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