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  • 18 March 2014, 15:04

M.I.A. In $16.6m Middle Finger NFL Lawsuit

Singer M.I.A. has tweeted Madonna asking for a loan after it emerged she is being sued for $16.6m (£10m) by the NFL over an infamous Superbowl performance.

Nearly 167 million people were watching 2012's event when the British rapper-singer gestured with her middle finger while singing Give Me All Your Luvin' alongside Madonna and†Nicki Minaj.

She also appeared to sing "I don't give a ****" during the half-time show.

While M.I.A. was not paid for performance, the NFL proceeded to demand $1.5m (£900,000) for breach of contract and damage to its reputation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that figure has now risen to $16.6m to include "restitution" based on the value of the exposure the rapper has received after taking to the stage at the global sports event.

At the time, broadcaster NBC said: "We apologise for the inappropriate gesture that aired during half-time. It was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late."

NFL blamed the TV network, saying: "The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing, and we apologise to our fans."

As news of the huge figure emerged, M.I.A. appeared to tweet Madonna directly to say:†"@Madonna ummm ..... can i borrow 16 million?"

The amount is also reportedly based on how much the NFL could have made in advertising during her two minutes on screen.

"The claim for restitution lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic," M.I.A.'s response papers said.

The singer sent a further tweet, with a picture of a legal document, saying: "THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT ME TO SIGN , THAT IVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR 2 YEARS ON TOP OF 16 MILLION."

It is not the first time a Superbowl performance has caused controversy.

In 2004 Janet Jackson briefly exposed her nipple during a performance with Justin Timberlake.