M.I.A Is Deep Into A Secret Legal War With The NFL
You most likely remember that middle finger M.I.A threw during Madonna’s halftime performance for Superbowl XLVI.
Well, it seems the NFL still isn’t over it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the league demands $1.5 million from the rapper-singer and a public apology, but her lawyer says “she is going to go public with an explanation of how ridiculous it was for the NFL and its fans to devote such furor to this incident.”
On Feb. 5, 2012, in front of 167 million TV viewers, and while MDNA was performing “Give Me All Your Luvin'” during the halftime of the New York Giants and New England Patriots game, M.I.A dropped the middle finger while mouthing, “I don’t give a s***.”
In a March 13, 2012, filing at the American Arbitration Association, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the league demanded $1.5 million from M.I.A. for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing its goodwill and reputation.
In the 18 months since, the 38-year-old M.I.A. (born Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam) has been waging a secret legal war with the NFL over what happened that night. Last week, league lawyers continued their push to have her deemed liable for her actions on summary judgment before moving to a trial for damages.