24 Nov 2012

Propaganda case against Madonna dismissed

6:03 am on 24 November 2012

A court in St Petersburg, Russia, has dismissed a case against Madonna for spreading gay propaganda.

The BBC reports anti-gay activists were seeking moral damages of $US10 million for inflicting psychological trauma on the city, in a concert at which the American singer spoke up for gay rights.

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 earlier called the law a "ridiculous atrocity".

Judge Vitaly Barkovsky did not explain his decision, but also ruled that legal expenses should be paid to compensate the companies which organised the concert. The complainants said they will appeal.