NFL Sues M.I.A. For $16.6 Million Over Middle Finger During Super Bowl

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Singer-rapper M.I.A. is fighting off a $16.6 million lawsuit by the NFL over an offensive gesture during her appearance at the Super Bowl half-time show in 2012.

The British-Sri Lankan artist extended her middle finger and  mouthed “I don’t give a s–t” during a guest appearance on “Give Me All Your Luvin” with Madonna, which led the NFL to take legal action.

Initially, the NFL demanded $1.5 million for a breach of contract. Now the NFL is seeking an additional $15.1 million for “restitution” arguing that her two minute and ten seconds stage appearance would be worth the sum had it  been a TV advertisement.

M.I.A.’s legal team has responded to the demands of the NFL calling it an attempt to “bully” the performer.

“The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic,” the performer’s response papers read. “[The] continued pursuit of this proceeding is transparently an exercise by the NFL intended solely to bully and make an example of Respondents for daring to challenge NFL.”

In another portion of the response, the legal team says there were 222 complaints filed for the show in comparison to 542,000 complaints the year of Janet Jackson’e “nipple-gate.”

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

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