NFL is filing a huge lawsuit against rapper M.I.A, (whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam) for $16.6 million. The lawsuit comes after her rude gesture (flipping the bird) while she performed with Madonna and Nicki Minaj during the live halftime show of the 2012 Super Bowl.
The NFL initially filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the 38-year-old singer for damages and tarnishing the league’s reputation. The figure has now grown 10 times, with the NFL backing it up on the basis of what advertisers would have paid to run commercials during the two-minute segment of the halftime show in which M.I.A. appeared.
“The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic… [and 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 (the) NFL,” read response papers, which were filed on Friday by M.I.A.’s lawyers.