Madonna may face trial over Russian gay rights protest
By CMU Editorial | Published on Friday 9 November 2012
A Russian court has determined that there is sufficient evidence for a civil case brought against Madonna for promoting gay rights at a show in St Petersburg earlier this year to go to trial, The Times reports.
At a hearing this week it was decided that the singer may indeed have broken a recently passed local law in the city making it illegal to promote homosexuality to minors – there being children in her audience. As previously reported, the singer, the promoter of her show and the venue she performed at are all being sued by nine parties, only some of whom actually attended the concert. They claim that the singer handed out pink wristbands at the concert, as well making a speech calling for improved gay rights in Russia. The accusers are seeking damages of 333 million rubles (£6.6 million).