Madonna accepts damages from Mail


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Madonna and her adopted twin daughters from Malawi have accepted undisclosed damages from Associated Newspapers over a “serious invasion of privacy”.

The singer adopted four-year-old twins Stella and Estere in February.

At the time she asked the media to “respect our privacy during this transitional time.”

Madonna brought the case at London’s High Court over a MailOnline article that caused her “considerable personal distress”, her solicitor said.

The article revealed the girls’ names, race, age, the fact they lived in an orphanage in Malawi and were the subject of pending applications for adoption by Madonna.

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“The MailOnline published it at a time when, as the journalist ought to have appreciated, Madonna would be powerless to protect the girls from harm,” solicitor Jenny Afia told Mrs Justice Nicola Davies on Thursday.

Since the adoption, Madonna has published pictures of the children on her Instagram account.

The PA news agency quotes Ms Afia as saying that the pop star will donate the damages to The Mercy James Institute for Paediatric Surgery in Malawi.

Including the twins, Madonna has adopted four children from Malawi.

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