Why is Madonna being sued? Queen of Pop accused of showing "total disrespect" for her fans

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Madonna has been sued by her fans for delaying her concerts for the second time this year.

On Friday, April 19, three fans filed a lawsuit in the Washington DC federal court, accusing the singer of starting her concert two hours later than the promised time. The concert was held on December 18 and 19, 2023 at the Capital One Arena.

As per the lawsuit, the tickets said the concert would begin at 8:30 pm but did not begin before 10:30 pm. It also listed concert-promotion stalwarts Live Giants as a defendant.

As per Billboard, the lawsuit called Madonna and Live Giants a "consumer's worst nightmare" and accused Maddona of being "arrogant" and having "total disrespect for her fans."

The lawsuit mentioned—

"Forcing consumers to wait hours for her performance in a hot, uncomfortable arena is demonstrative of Madonna's arrogant and total disrespect for her fans. In essence, Madonna and Live Nation are a consumer's worst nightmare."

The lawsuit comes three months after two of her fans had filed a similar lawsuit against Madonna. In January this year, two fans sued the singer for starting one of her Celebration Tour concerts in New York City two hours later than the stipulated time.

Madonna was accused of "lip-syncing" most of her performance and the "uncomfortable temperature in the venue"

Apart from the delay in concert timings, Madonna was also accused of not informing her fans that she would "lip-sync much of her performance". The fans also pointed out that there was a “hot and uncomfortable temperature in the venue” during the performance.

Further, the suit claimed that Madonna and Live Giants “purposely and deceptively” kept the information that the concert would begin two hours late from the audience.

The lawsuit also countered the singer's claim that it is "not reasonable" to believe that the concert would begin at 8:30 pm just because the tickets indicate so.

The lawsuit further mentioned—

“Madonna and Live Nation have publicly stated that it is not reasonable for consumers to believe that the 8:30 start time on the ticket indicates that’s when the concert will begin and that no concerts start on the start time as advertised.”

The fans have provided evidence of other Live Nation-promoted concerts of stars such as Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen which began on time. They also mentioned sporting events and Broadway shows that started on time.

Further, the lawsuit quoted multiple previous instances of the Material Girl singer being late for her concerts and demanded a jury trial, asking for "judgment against Defendants for actual and consequential damages" and "costs, pre and post-judgment interest as permitted by law."

The singer or Live Giants have not officially commented on the present lawsuit yet.

Madonna was sued by two fans for delaying her New York City concert in January

This is not the first time the Material Girl singer has been sued for delaying her concert timings. In January 2024, Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden from New York City filed a similar lawsuit against the singer for starting her concert two hours later than the stipulated time.

The concert in question was a part of her Celebration city tour and was scheduled to begin at 8:30 pm on December 13, 2023, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City. However, as per the lawsuit, it did not begin before 10:30 pm.

A lawsuit was filed by Fellows and Hadden in Brooklyn in January accusing Maddona, Barclays Center, and Live Nation of indulging in "unconscionable, unfair, and/or deceptive trade practices" for marketing the incorrect starting time of the concert on the tickets.

The lawsuit further added that the concert ended at 1 am, leading to the attendees being "confronted with limited public transportation, limited ride-sharing, and/or increased public and private transportation costs."

In response, the pop star's lawyers suggested that a two-hour delay was not enough for filing a lawsuit. As per the singer's lawyers, the damage done to the tickerholders is not a "cognizable injury". They said—

"Plaintiffs speculate that ticketholders who left the venue after 1 a.m. might have had trouble getting a ride home or might have needed to wake up early the next day for work. That is not a cognizable injury."

The singer has also faced similar lawsuits in 2019 for delaying her concerts a considerable amount of time.

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