In September 2013, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the NFL was pursuing arbitration against M.I.A. after briefly raising her middle finger during a halftime performance with Madonna in 2012.
The NFL has now upped its demands from the original $1.5 million, to $16.6 million, claiming it as “restitution”. This number is based on an estimate of what advertisers would have paid for Super Bowl commercial time in place of the time M.I.A. was on stage.
M.I.A. addressed the latest claim in response papers saying: 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.”
M.I.A.’s attorney, Howard King, in an attempt to undercut the league’s contention that its reputation has been tarnished, has been soliciting information from the public for examples of the NFL’s less-than-wholesome image. There’s even an email address for submissions: NFL@khpblaw.com.
The full complaint can be read here, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.
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