The National Football League is suing rapper "M.I.A." over her now-infamous middle finger extension during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.
The Sri Lankan singer, who made headlines 18 months ago when she flipped the bird in front of television cameras during a performance of "Give Me All Your Luvin'" with Madonna and mouthing, "I Don't give a (expletive)." She has been fending off a legal offensive from the National Football League ever since, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Madonna herself said she "wasn't happy about" M.I.A's stunt, though dismissed it as a punk rock moment.
The NFL is going further than that.
Citing a breach of the her performance contract, the league's legal team drew up what the Hollywood Reporter calls a "secret" plan to demand $1.5 million in damages from the "Paper Planes" rapper.
"This dispute concerns a blatant, intentional and calculated attempt by M.I.A., a musical artist, to garner worldwide publicity and attention for herself by making an offensive gesture to the cameras during the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show performance," read the legal complaint filed with the American Arbitration Association obtained by the Hollywood Reporter.
"M.I.A." is fighting back, however.
"She is going to go public with an explanation of how ridiculous it was for the NFL and its fans to devote such furor to this incident, while ignoring the genocide occurring in her home country and several other countries, topics she frequently speaks to," her lawyer, Howard E. King told the Hollywood Reporter.
That should take care of it.
An NFL spokesman told the Hollywood Reporter that "any monetary damages for her actions would have been donated to charity."
It was not clear what stage the legal claim against M.I.A. has reached.