Complaints over Madonna's gay rights comments rejected by Russian court

London, November 23 (ANI): A court in St Petersburg has ruled against the plaintiffs and members of various conservative groups who argued that Madonna's comments about gay rights violated a new law banning the promotion of "homosexual propaganda" to minors and would lead to the destruction of the nation.

The 54-year-old popstar was widely criticised in Russia this summer for voicing support for Pussy Riot during a Moscow concert and speaking out for gay rights during a performance in St Petersburg.

A senior official even called her a "moralising slut" for the former, and nine claimants brought a 10.7-million-dollar lawsuit against her for the latter.

Violation of the law is punishable by fines of up to 500,000 roubles (10,000 pounds).

During a day-long hearing, the court examined YouTube footage and was shown screenshots of Madonna's Facebook page as proof that the material girl was crazy for gay rights.

"I am here to say that the gay community and gay people here and all around the world have the same rights - to be treated with dignity, with respect, with tolerance, with compassion, with love," the Guardian quoted Madonna as saying during the performance in August.

The claimants argued that the singer's performance would adversely affect Russia's birth-rate and therefore its ability to maintain a proper army.

They cited posts on the Facebook page condemning the law as proof she had prior knowledge of the potential criminality of expressing herself.

Madonna ignored repeated requests to attend the hearing, held in a tiny courtroom in Russia's second city.

"St Petersburg's laws were brutally violated," Marina Yakovlyeva, one of the claimants, told the court.

"In the coming years, this type of violation could become the norm. But we have created a precedent - any artist coming to our city will know now what laws exist," Yakovlyeva said.

The judge in the case, Vitaly Barkovsky, deliberated for more than an hour before delivering his verdict, but appeared to treat the case with scepticism from the start.

After one claimant, Vitaly Orlovsky, said Madonna's concert would prompt the divorce rate to skyrocket, Barkovsky asked him why he was suing no alcoholics, since alcoholism was a well-known cause of divorce in the heavy-drinking country.

Vitaly Milonov, a local MP who led St Petersburg's anti-gay campaign, accused Madonna of showing no respect for the court and said the star's actions answered the question "who's that girl".

"You can see what kind of person she is - for her, Russia is a cow from whom she can come and get milk - that is, money - and then leave, while not following our laws," Milonov said. (ANI)

--

Did you know that you can get stories like this on the Yahoo mail app?
Download it here.

Yahoo Cricket

Latest News

  • Bollywood chants 'Mumbai Mumbai' as MI lift IPL crown

    Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) Cheers and congratulations poured in from Bollywood as Mumbai Indians registered a thumping 41-run win over Chennai Super Kings to bring home the Indian Premiere League trophy at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. …

  • John Nash, mathematician who inspired "A Beautiful Mind", killed in car crash
    John Nash, mathematician who inspired "A Beautiful Mind", killed in car crash

    Mathematician John Nash, a Nobel Prize winner whose longtime struggle with mental illness inspired the movie "A Beautiful Mind", was killed in a car crash along with his wife in New Jersey, state police said on Sunday. The couple were in a taxi when the driver lost control, crashed into a guard rail and hit another car on Saturday afternoon on the New Jersey Turnpike, said police. Nash, 86, and his wife, Alicia, 82, were thrown from the taxi and pronounced dead at the scene, New Jersey State …

  • French film "Dheepan" wins top Palme d'Or award in Cannes
    French film "Dheepan" wins top Palme d'Or award in Cannes

    CANNES, France (Reuters) - French film "Dheepan" won the top Palme d'Or prize for director Jacques Audiard at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on Sunday, the film jury announced. The second-place prize went to Hungarian director for "Saul Fia (Son of Saul) while Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos' film "The Lobster" won third-place prize. Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien won the best director award for "Nie Yinniang" (The Assassin). France's Vincent Lindon won best actor for French …

  • Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers tops British albums chart

    LONDON (Reuters) - Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers scored his second solo chart-topping album after "The Desired Effected" went straight in at number one in Britain on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said. Flowers pipped Paul Weller's "Saturns Pattern" to the top spot by 5,000 sales, with last week's number one, Mumford & Sons' "Wilder Mind" slipping to third place. ... …

  • 'Tomorrowland' tops slow Memorial Day weekend box office with $32.2 mln
    'Tomorrowland' tops slow Memorial Day weekend box office with $32.2 mln

    The science-fiction adventure stars George Clooney and was directed by Brad Bird of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" renown. "Tomorrowland" had been expected to generate $40 million over the three day period and $50 million over the four day stretch. "Tomorrowland" appears to have been dinted by middling reviews and an overly secretive marketing campaign that left too many plot details under wraps. …

  • Anushka feels 'terrible' on being sick, misses fun with DDD boys

    Kolkata, May 24 (IANS) Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma says she feels terrible on being sick and missing out on the fun here with the male members of the cast of "Dil Dhadakne Do" (DDD), who incidentally gorged on some of the famed sweets of West Bengal. The Zoya Akhtar-helmed movie also stars Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Farhan Akhtar and Ranveer Singh. Actors Anil, Ranveer and Farhan and producer Ritesh Sidhwani visited Kolkata to promote the movie during the Indian Premier …

  • Anushka has evolved as an actor, person: Ranveer

    Kolkata, May 24 (IANS) Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh on Sunday heaped praises on "Dil Dhadakne Do" (DDD) co-star and former flame Anushka Sharma for her growth as an actress and as a person. The duo were seen in "Ladies vs Ricky Bahl" and "Band Baaja Baaraat". In the Zoya Akhtar-directed DDD, Ranveer and Anushka form a part of the ensemble cast including Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Farhan Akhtar and others. …

  • 'Dil Dhadakne Do' a world-class film: Anil Kapoor

    Kolkata, May 24 (IANS) Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, who will be seen in the role of a patriarch of a dysfunctional Punjabi family in the forthcoming film "Dil Dhadakne Do", said the movie is a world-class project. Also starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma, "Dil Dhadakne Do" (DDD) is a family film, said the 58-year-old veteran. "It is a family film. …

Loading...