HollywoodLife.com also spoke to a top entertainment attorney who tells us that the Federal Communications Commission will ‘definitely’ fine NBC for the lewd gesture and the network could try to get M.I.A. to pay it!
M.I.A. has gotten herself into quite a mess. HollywoodLife.com reached out to Madonna‘s rep following M.I.A.’s shocking display at the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 and it sounds like the Material Girl was just as surprised as NBC, the NFL, and families at home were with M.I.A’s behavior.
“It was not rehearsed or planned,” says Madonna’s rep. “No comment from Madonna.”
Additionally, Spokesman Brian McCarthy said M.I.A. did not do anything similar during rehearsals.
It’s being reported that M.I.A. may have to pay whatever fine the FCC [Federal Communications Commission] decides to slap on NBC for the incident and a top entertainment attorney tells HollywoodLife.com that could definitely happen.
“It’s a matter of contract between M.I.A. and NBC,” says entertainment attorney and author of The Future of the Music Business Steve Gordon. “Her contract may be with the NFL or NBC. Either way she had to have signed some sort of piece of paper, some sort of agreement. If it was with NBC, they would have loaded it up with indecency clauses then NBC would have a claim against MIA.”
Steve went on to say that it’s unlikely that the FCC would go after M.I.A. directly. For instance, when Janet Jackson flashed her boob during the 2004 halftime show, the FCC went after CBS and fined them for $550,000. The case went back and forth between the Supreme Court and The United States Court of Appeals for years before it was thrown out this past November.
“Each case is different but NBC may try to persuade her to pay it without going to court,” Steve tells HollywoodLife.com. “Or say you pay half.”
But if M.I.A. has to pay even part of a hefty fine, don’t feel too badly for the singer! M.I.A. is actually engaged to Benjamin Bronfman, the heir to the Seagram Company. Benjamin was the CEO in 1994 and in 2000 the company was sold and the family’s networth was reported to be $2.9 billion.
We’ve reach out to M.I.A.’s rep and have yet to hear back.
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— Chloe Melas
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