M.I.A. settles £10 million lawsuit with NFL over 2012 Superbowl performance

American football organisation had claimed singer raised her middle-finger as a publicity stunt

American football’s governing body the NFL has settled its lawsuit with M.I.A. after demanding $16.5 million (£10 million) for her controversial performance during the 2012 Superbowl.

M.I.A. appeared as part of Madonna’s performance and caused outrage among some TV viewers for raising her middle-finger at the end of their duet ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’’. The NFL initially filed its lawsuit in September 2013, 19 months after the performance, when they were demanding $1.5 million (£910,000) and a public apology. They claimed they had proof that M.I.A. had planned the raised middle-finger as a publicity stunt. By March this year, they were seeking $16.5 million.

The settlement was confirmed by M.I.A.’s attorney Howard King to The Hollywood Reporter. Although details haven’t been revealed, M.I.A. has yet to issue any public apology over the case. When the lawsuit was first filed, she issued a video statement, which can be seen below, saying it was “a massive waste of time and money”.


Shortly after the Superbowl itself, Madonna said she “wasn’t happy” about M.I.A.’s display, telling radio presenter Ryan Seacrest: “It’s such a teenager, irrelevant thing to do. There was such a feeling of love and unity there, what was the point? It was out of place.”

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