Madonna is now entangled in a legal battle with two disgruntled concert attendees, Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden, who are suing the singer for starting her concert significantly later than the scheduled time last month.
The incident in question took place on December 13 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Madonna took the stage more than two hours after the 8:30 p.m. scheduled start time.
Fellows and Hadden claim that they would not have purchased tickets had they known about the substantial delay, stating in their lawsuit that they “would not have paid for their tickets had they known that the concerts would start after 10:30 p.m.”
The lawsuit alleges that the delayed start left the concertgoers “confronted with limited public transportation, limited ride-sharing, and/or increased public and private transportation costs” after the show concluded around 1 a.m. Moreover, they highlight the added inconvenience of having to “get up early to go to work” as the event occurred on a weeknight.
Madonna is now facing accusations of breach of contract, violating New York’s business practices, and false advertising, according to reports from Billboard.
Fellows and Hadden are pursuing a class action lawsuit, asserting that Madonna’s habitual lateness has been observed at multiple shows. The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
This legal dispute follows a challenging period for Madonna, who had to suspend her Celebration Tour due to a serious bacterial infection that led to her hospitalization.
During one of her Barclays Center shows, she candidly addressed her health struggles, emphasizing, “The fact that I’m here right now is the fucking miracle.”
The 65-year-old artist faced a health scare when she was found unresponsive in her New York City home in late June, leading to an extended stay in the ICU before her eventual recovery.