Anti-gay Russian activists sue Madonna for $12.5m
ST PETERSBURG, Russia (REUTERS) - A group of Russian anti-gay activists sued American pop star Madonna for US$10 million (S$12.5 million) on Friday, saying she had insulted their feelings when she spoke out for gay rights at a concert in St Petersburg last week.
Performing in black lingerie with the words "No Fear" scrawled on her back, Madonna attacked a city law adopted in March that imposed fines for spreading homosexual "propaganda".
She had earlier called the law a "ridiculous atrocity".
Homosexuality, punished with jail terms in the Soviet Union, was decriminalised in Russia in 1993, but much of the gay community remains underground as prejudice runs deep.