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Madge's crucifiction act could land her in slammer

German prosecuters threaten charging the diva with insulting religious beliefs, if she repeats the act.

india Updated: Aug 16, 2006 14:14 IST
Asian News International
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US popstar Madonna might land herself in trouble, if she repeats her mock crucifiction scene at a weekend concert in Duesseldorf, despite receiving a warning from German prosecutors.

The crucifiction scene, which drew ire from religious leaders in Rome, features the pop star wearing a crown of fake thorns and performing on a mirrored cross.

Johannes Mocken, a spokesman for the local authorities has said that if the 48-year-old singer repeats the act, she would be charged for insulting religious beliefs, an offense that's considered not only insensitive, but illegal in Germany. The Jesus-channeling act could earn her a maximum sentence of upto three years in prison.

Mocken said that authorities would be watching the situation closely.

Meanwhile, the ‘Hollywood’ singer has defended the routine, claiming its imagery is part of an appeal to her audience to inspire concert-goers to donate to AIDS charities.

"Madonna does not think Jesus would be mad at her, as his teaching of loving thy neighbor and tolerance is Madonna's message as well," Eonline! quoted Liz Rosenberg, Madonna's publicist, as saying earlier.

However many religious leaders do not agree with it. Earlier this month, her performance was denounced by both the Church of England as well as Catholic. Muslim and Jewish leaders in Rome also joined together against the singer's "blasphemous" act.

First Published: Aug 16, 2006 14:14 IST