A conservative Russian lawmaker is threatening legal action against American pop star Lady Gaga for allegedly promoting gay rights to minors during a concert in St. Petersburg, Russia on Sunday night.
Vitaly Milonov, a member of the ruling United Russia party in the St Petersburg assembly and the architect of a city ordinance that bans gay “propaganda,” accused the singer of breaking the law at the beginning of her show, reported Reuters.
Speaking through a translator from the stage, Gaga reportedly called for respect for gay rights, saying: “Lady Gaga wants to say that she expects respect from others – she’s not here to offend anyone’s religion or faith, she’s here to unite us.”
Offstage, Gaga said that her managers had received a call threatening her with arrest or a $50,000 fine she made any comments regarding gay rights, Reuters cited local media as saying.
Milonov said he plans to “contact prosecutors and the law enforcement agencies to carry out a thorough investigation of the situation,” according to Life News, a Kremlin-friendly tabloid.
“When people tell kids ‘you must support sexual minorities’, that can create a false equivalence for them between traditional and non-traditional relationships,” he reportedly said.
Prior to the concert, Milonov had unsuccessfully attempted to bar anyone under 18 year old from attending.
Last month, a St Petersburg court dismissed a $10 million lawsuit against Madonna initiated by Milonov and a group of anti-gay activists for allegedly violating the same anti-gay “propaganda” law during a concert in August.
Madonna responded by calling the city ordinance a “ridiculous atrocity.”