Tattle: Madonna sued for $10 million over 'moral damage' from concert

Posted: August 21, 2012

FOLLOWING the absurd Pussy Riot guilty verdict at their trial in Russia (they were sentenced to two years in prison for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" when all they were really guilty of is Vladimir Putin hatred), emboldened hardliners have decided to sue Madonna for more than $10 million.

The suit contends that residents of St. Petersburg suffered "moral damage" during Madonna's recent concert there. So says Reuters and Ria Novosti, Russia's state news agency. The story was also reported by London's Daily Mail and huffingtonpost.com. The issue, says lawyer Alexander Pochuyev, is that attendees of Madonna's concert and those who saw videos of the concert have suffered "psychological stress and emotional shock" due to the Material Middle-Aged Woman's "promotion of homosexuality."

(Yes, in Madonna's corporate structure, homosexuality once pushed a coffee cart but now has a corner office. And we all know who homosexuality slept with to get ahead.)

At her concert, Madonna also reportedly "trampled down" an Orthodox cross, Pochuyev said.

Hey, as Kelly Osbourne likes to say on "Fashion Police," Madonna was just being Madonna.

And she was letting her feelings be known about a law passed a few months ago in St. Pete banning "propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia." In March, she said the law was a "ridiculous atrocity."

At her concert, Madonna said that everyone deserved "to be treated with dignity, respect, tolerance, compassion and love." And in Russia, that's the radical position.

* As for Pussy Riot, with whom Madonna may soon be sharing a cell, Madonna called their sentence "harsh" and "inhumane," and asked the court to change its mind.

"I call on all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment," she said. "I urge artists around the world to speak up in protest against this travesty. They've spent enough time in jail. I call on all of Russia to let Pussy Riot go free."


Joseph Mitchell, the late nephew of the late author Margaret Mitchell, has left the Archdiocese of Atlanta a 50-percent stake in the literary rights to her best-selling novel, Gone With the Wind.

Joseph, who died in October, was a longtime member of the Cathedral of Christ the King.

Steve Swope, a deacon in the archdiocese who is overseeing the gift, says that royalties could be in the "hundreds of thousands" of dollars annually.

Wynonna Judd announced Sunday that she is postponing concerts in Canada next week after her husband, Michael "Cactus" Moser, was hurt in a motorcycle accident in South Dakota.

Wynonna and her hubby were riding separate bikes north on U.S. Highway 16 in the Black Hills on Saturday when Moser crossed the center line and hit a car. He was airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. Moser was cited for crossing the center line and . . . not having a motorcycle license.

Nicki Minaj canceled her appearance at the weekend's V Festival, in the U.K., because of damage to her vocal cords.

Nicki performed with Drake, Lil Wayne and Foxy Brown at a free concert in New York City on Wednesday, though she had been advised by her doctor to rest.

Her rep now says that her voice is "worse," and she must "rest her voice for a few days."

* Los Angeles police are investigating a minor traffic accident on Aug. 4 involving Amanda Bynes, after a person reported that she left without providing her information.

Police Lt. Andy Neiman said Sunday that Bynes, 26, stopped after the accident and looked at the other vehicle and determined that there wasn't any damage. Police said that she drove away without giving her information, which is required by law.

Neiman said that police will turn over the case to the city attorney's office for review.

No one was injured, and even though Bynes thought that the other car had no damage, fixing that non-damage cost more than $800.

In April, Bynes was arrested for grazing a sheriff's patrol car.

* "The Tonight Show" has laid off about two dozen workers, prompting Jay Leno to accept a pay cut to spare other staffers as NBC clamps down on expenses.

Leno had been making between $25 million to $30 million annually as the host of "The Tonight Show." His salary will be reduced to about $20 million - about one-fourth of the show's budget.

NBC Universal imposed the cuts Friday, according to a person familiar with the moves. The person asked not to be identified because NBC Universal hadn't officially disclosed the cost-cutting.

Our guess is that they disclosed it to the laid-off workers.

The payroll purge affected about 10 percent of the roughly 200 people who work on "The Tonight Show," still the top-rated late-night program.

NBC Universal is trying to improve its financial performance under the ownership of Comcast, which bought the entertainment company last year - and it's so much easier to cut costs than to improve prime-time programming.

* Yu did it.

China's Yu Wenxia has been crowned the 2012 Miss World. The competition was held in China. Hmmm . . .

* CBS, the home of "Big Brother," has dropped its lawsuit against ABC over its similar reality series, "The Glass House," because the court of public opinion has ruled - and no one is watching "The Glass House."

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.

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