Remember when MIA performed with Madonna during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2012 and she decided it’d be super fun to give the middle finger, because she’s 12 and ~a ToTaL rEbEl~? Well, that little stunt is going to cost her $16 million, which – let’s be honest – homegirl clearly does not have.
Here’s the deal: the NFL is apparently suing MIA for breaching her performance contract and wants an extra $15.1m in restitution on top of the original $1.5m it’s been seeking for the past two years. I guess the $15 million is what advertisers would have paid during that performance slot? Not sure how that’s got anything to do with MIA since they wouldn’t have advertised during a halftime show, right?
Anyway, LOL to this:
And here’s a bit more of what’s going on via The Hollywood Reporter:
“The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic,” say M.I.A.’s response papers, filed on Friday.
The music superstar tells the arbitrator that 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.”
Wow, what a massive mess.
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As you may recall, MIA is embroiled in a pretty intense custody battle with her ex, Benjamin Bronfman, over their 4-year-old son Ikhyd and it just keeps getting worse. MIA wanted to take the kid to the UK, Benjamin put in a court order to stop it and that was that. However, MIA is getting a bit fed up and has now filed an order claiming that the kid’s human rights have been violated by not allowing him to go back to the UK, even though the court argued that taking him back when his father lives here would be unfair. Dramaaaaaa!
Filthy rich baby daddy Ben Bronfman — son of Seagram’s billionaire Edgar Bronfman Jr. — got a restraining order in March … blocking M.I.A. from taking her son to her homeland — England.
M.I.A. is now challenging the order, claiming it amounts to international child abduction. She’s filed legal docs in New York federal court, citing The Hague Convention as proof the NY state judge had no authority to block her move to England.
Baby daddy Bronfman isn’t going down without a fight … we’ve learned he’s filed legal docs of his own making a case that moving his flesh and blood over the pond would be a travesty.
Bronfman and M.I.A. — who both still live in Brooklyn — were never married and split up last year.
Also, I omitted the last sentence of TMZ’s reporting, which seemed to be some thinly veiled racist ass Muslim joke about the baby never seeing “a virgin… 747″. Uh, way to be assholes, TMZ (though why am I surprised?).
MIA is the mother to a lovely little 4-year-old boy called Ikhyd with ex-fiancé Benjamin Bronfman and shit is getting ugly. Since the pair broke up, they’ve become embroiled in a pretty heated custody battle over the kid, with Bronfman’s family seeking full custody. MIA is obviously not having it, and accused him of trying to use his wealth to take Ikhyd away from her in a series of tweets (which have all been deleted now):
“BEN you cant take my son away from me ‘The mother’. Just because you have money doesn’t mean you have the right.
“WOW. THE BRONFMANS WANT TO TAKE MY CHILD AWAY FROM ME . WHAT KIND OF SHIT IS THAT ? THEY NEVER SEE HIM.
“Every child needs the MOTHER, I GREW UP WITHOUT A DAD. If grew up without my mother I wouldn’t be here.”
Things got even messier yesterday when MIA was hit with a restraining order after apparently threatening to take her son to London to get him away from the drama. Filed in Kings County, NY, the order bans her from taking Ikhyd out of Brooklyn.
From The New York Post:
A source tells us, “M.I.A has been texting and calling Ben, saying she will take their son to London, even though they both live in Brooklyn and the child goes to school there.” The source added, “Ben filed a motion for a temporary restraining order preventing her from taking their son to the UK against his wishes.” The court granted Bronfman’s petition, and M.I.A was served with the legal paperwork last night.
Here’s hoping this can somehow be worked out quickly and painlessly, since everyone knows it’s the kids who suffer most in situations like this. I don’t know much about MIA’s private life or why their relationship broke down (if it was ever even made public), but people need to keep that shit mature when there’s a little one involved.