Madonna facing lawsuit over Malawi charity

An attorney representing eight workers from Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi says his clients are suing the singer for unfair dismissal and non-payment of benefits, reports Reuters. Board members were let go last week and replaced with an interim board that includes Madonna, after mismanagement of funds halted plans to construct a girls school near the African country’s capital, Lilongwe, according to the New York Times. “Their employment was terminated by the trustees of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls ostensibly following the change of plan not to build the school as planned,” noted the workers’ lawyer, Mazondi Chirambo, who said that Madonna had 14 days to respond to the workers’ concerns. “My clients are also being forced to sign a discriminatory termination agreement before they are paid their benefits.”

The organization’s executive director, Philippe Van Den Bossche, resigned his post in October after auditors complained of excessive spending on the project — to the tune of $3.8 million — with few results. Madonna has lent $11 million to the charity, which has raised $18 million to date. Madonna’s reps did not immediately respond to EW’s requests for comment.

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  • DRG

    Too bad she can’t also be sued for all that crappy “music” she’s been unleashing on the public for the past 30 years.

    • LOL

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      • Linda

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      • Oubaidat

        I understand what MBerry is saniyg. After all, most domestic adoptions are of children with living birth parents, in true need of a healthy family. BUT it sure doesn’t stop me from *wishing* that Madonna’s adoption given it’s ultra-high profile and the intense scrutiny it will automatically attract was more cut-and-dried, above reproach, or at least a little farther above all of those objections and arguments commonly thrown out against African adoption. Jetting in to survey a carefuly pre-selected line-up of children is an awful image of western imperialism. I’ve personally encountered that attitude that we are just selfish, wealthy Americans swooping in to take what we want without a care when we could simply support Africans to better care for their children. This could not be farther from the truth for a hundred different reasons others do not care to see or understand! Madonna is not exactly helping these perceptions, and could ultimately do more harm than good for Africa’s children here. Adoption is NOT the answer, but it is an answer for a tiny percentage of the children languishing while waiting for THE solution to appear. Absolutely, our concern and generous support should extend to the estimated 99% of orphans who will never be adopted, and to all of Africa’s need. I’ll bet that, for the majority of us adopting, they already do! I do like the idea of a portion of adoption fees going to support African families, simply because it is more formalized and public. People looking on could know and feel assured that at least this is being done, I suppose

    • tibia lafayette

      nobody,not even the worst singer or artist can last 30 years with crappy music,im curious drg,what do you do well?

    • observer

      In response to no one can’t sue Madonna for the crappy music for the past 27 years then Billboard magazine should be sued for the Madonna number one hits after 1990 on the Hot 100 in this country.

      • DRG

        So you think that just because a song hits #1 in Billboard means that it’s good? Please.

  • Neil

    Don’t cry for me, Malawai!!!!

  • CLEO2U

    No good deed goes unpunished.

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