Madonna says Russia fined her $1M for gay rights speech but she didn’t pay

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07/20/2020

Madonna said Sunday that the Russian government fined her for a speech she made supporting LGBTQ rights at a concert in St. Petersburg eight years ago. The singer posted a clip of her speech on Instagram and Twitter, alleging that she never paid the $1 million penalty for her words. Madonna told the audience that they had the power to make a difference through love, according to the video. “I am here to say that the gay community and gay people, here and all around the world, have the same rights to be treated with dignity, with respect, with tolerance, with compassion, with love,” Madonna said in the video. “Are you with me?” Crowds cheered as Madonna asked them to show their appreciation for the gay community, asking repeatedly if they were with her.

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