Madonna Sued in Russia for Supporting Gay Rights
Madonna has yet another lawsuit on her hands.
The singer is being sued by Russian activists who say they were offended by her display of support for gay rights at a recent concert in the city of St. Petersburg.
Anti-gay sentiments are rather prolific throughout Russia, and the city where Madge held the concert in question just passed a law that made "promotion" of homosexuality to minors illegal. Activists are saying there were children as young as 9 at the concert.
Russian news agencies quote Alexander Pochuyev, a lawyer representing the nine activists, as saying the suit was filed Friday, against not only Madonna, but also the organizer of her concert, and the hall where it was held. They are asking for damages totaling 333 million rubles, or nearly $10.5 million. The complaint includes a video taken at the concert. In the video, Madonna stomps on an Orthodox cross and asks fans to raise their hands to show the pink armbands in support of homosexuals (the armbands were distributed among the audience at the concert).