MOSCOW (AP) — Nine Russian activists have sued Madonna for millions of dollars, claiming they were offended by her support for gay rights during a recent concert in St. Petersburg.
Russian news agencies quote Alexander Pochuyev, a lawyer representing the nine activists, as saying the suit was filed Friday against Madonna, the organizer of her concert, and the hall where it was held, asking for damages totaling $10.5 million.
Madonna might not be aware that expressing Pro-gay opinions is sensitive in a place like Russia where a law was passed in February 2012 making it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors.
The complaint is said to include a video taken at the concert showing Madonna stomping on an Orthodox cross and asking fans to raise their hands to show the pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians that were distributed among the audience , the News Agency reported.
Madonna’s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, did not immediately respond to emails asking for the singer’s reaction to the lawsuit.