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Lawsuit against Madonna dismissed in Russia

November 23, 2012 • Entertainment


Plaintiffs present video of a Madonna concert during a court hearing in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. The court is considering an appeal by Russian activists who claimed that Madonna was promoting homosexuality in violation of a local law. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A Russian court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that sought millions of dollars in damages from Madonna for allegedly traumatizing minors by speaking up for gay rights during a concert in St. Petersburg.

The ruling came after a one-day hearing that bordered on the farcical. During it, plaintiffs claimed that Madonna’s so-called “propaganda of perversion” would negatively affect Russia’s birthrate and erode the nation’s defense capability by depriving the country of future soldiers. At one point, the judge Login to read more

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