Madonna Sued by Fans Over Delayed Concert
Madonna’s fans just wanted to let the music play — at a reasonable time. The “Frozen” singer is now facing a federal class action lawsuit due to her three New York City concerts allegedly starting much later than scheduled.
Per Billboard, the two fans who filed the complaint in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday (January 17) were at one of the shows in December. Accusers Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden claim that Madonna, 65, caused real legal harm to ticket buyers who “had to get up early to go to work” the next day. The ticket buyers said the singer breached her contract with concertgoers and violated New York state laws by starting three December shows past 10:30 rather than the scheduled 8:30.
The lawsuit further states that Madonna’s lateness is also “a wanton exercise in false advertising, negligent misrepresentation, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.” For the three concerts that took place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the shows were already pushed back from July due to the Queen of Pop’s illness. The fans who are suing Madonna state that they “would not have paid for their tickets had they known that the concerts would start after 10:30 p.m.”
Additionally, there was no notice by Madonna to the concertgoers that the shows would start “much later than the start time printed on the ticket and as advertised,” the lawsuit says. Because the concert started two hours later, the men left the Brooklyn venue after 1:00 a.m., “left stranded in the middle of the night,” as they had “limited public transportation” options and increased prices for ride-share services.
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In addition to Madonna herself, the lawsuit also names Live Nation and Barclays Center as defendants. The lawsuit also includes a claim of so-called negligent misrepresentation, saying the concert organizers “knew or should have known” that the concerts would not start at 8:30 because of alleged past instances of Madonna taking the stage late and should have warned fans. Attorneys for Fellows and Hadden list examples of her “long history” of being over two hours late with her 2016 Rebel Heart Tour, 2019-2020 Madame X Tour, and prior tours.