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NFL: M.I.A Sued by League for Extra $15.5M After Middle-Finger Incident

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By Alexandra Ward   |   Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 12:23 PM

The NFL now wants more than $16 million from M.I.A. in connection to the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show where the Sri Lankan rapper held up her middle finger to the audience.

M.I.A., whose real name is Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, raised her finger and mouthed "I don't give a s—" while performing on stage during Madonna's set at Super Bowl XLVI. Her antics were aired live on NBC to some 167 million TV viewers.

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Despite the fact that both NBC and the Federal Communications Commission chose not to pursue any disciplinary action, NFL lawyers filed a claim with the American Arbitration Association just a month after the incident. The filing, which sought $1.5 million, accused M.I.A. of breaching her performance contract in a "flagrant disregard for the values that form the cornerstone of the NFL brand and the Super Bowl."

Now, the NFL has added another claim asking for an additional $15.5 million in "restitution" for the exposure M.I.A. received from appearing in performance. The amount was calculated using an estimate of what advertisers would have paid for the two-minute segment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Infuriated by the new NFL claim, M.I.A. spoke out on Twitter Monday.

According to court documents, the rapper is arguing that "NFL, and NBC, failed to exercise ordinary care in the conduct of the Halftime show by not activating the '5 second delay' system in place for the broadcast ... Any alleged fault or liability of Respondents should be diminished by NBC's dereliction."

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