Published Mar 17, 2014More than two years after M.I.A. flipped off the camera at the 2012 Super Bowl, her legal battle against the NFL persists. Last year, reports emerged that the football league was seeking $1.5 million U.S. and a public apology from the singer, and now its demands have got even harsher.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the NFL has upped its claim by seeking $15.1 million U.S. in "restitution," alleging that this is the value of the exposure she received via her cameo in Madonna's halftime performance.
The figure is apparently based on the amount that advertisers pay for slots during this time, but M.I.A.'s response paper says, "The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic."
This new number is on top of the $1.5 million the NFL was already seeking, adding up to a total claim of $16.6 million U.S.
M.I.A.'s defence is seeking to discredit the NFL's supposed wholesomeness. It cites various lewd halftime shows include ones by Michael Jackson (1993), Prince (2007), and even her own performance partner Madonna (2012). M.I.A.'s papers also cite the league's recent proposal to give a 15-yard penalty for use of racial slurs, plus the league's concussion controversy. Her defence claims that the NFL is trying to make an example out of the singer.
M.I.A.'s response papers can be read here.