MOSCOW (Deutsche Presse-Agentur) — A Russian court on Thursday began hearings on a
$10.7 million lawsuit against the U.S. pop star Madonna, whom claimants allege broke a Russian law prohibiting “gay propaganda.”
The court in St. Petersburg was reviewing the case to determine whether a trial would go forward. The Interfax news agency described the claimants as local citizens upset with the singer.
Madonna during an August performance in St. Petersburg called for greater tolerance toward homosexuals. The claimants are alleging she violated city ordinances passed in March prohibiting active support of homosexuality in a public place, if minors are present.
The court had sent a letter regarding the allegations to Madonna’s address in New York, but no legal representative of the star has thus far responded, a court official said.
The next hearing in the case will be on October 25, the report said.