The family of Madonna’s adopted Malawian daughter, Mercy James, are threatening to sue the singer, claiming that she broke her promise to allow them to see the girl. Mercy’s biological family says they were guaranteed regular contact with Mercy James, but they have not seen her once since Madonna’s adopted her. Read more after the jump…
The family has asked leading civil rights group CILIC to help them with their case. Director of the CILIC, Emmie Chanika, says:
“Mercyâ€™s family have met me several times over the past year and they have been very upset. They have a strong recollection of being told that they would be able to see Mercy and have regular contact with her â€“ and that when she is an adult she will return to live with them in Malawi.
I believe they have a case in law because there appears to have been a verbal contract between them and Madonnaâ€™s representatives. I have already consulted a lawyer on their behalf. Obviously there could be problems as there is no written agreement, but the lawyer is looking into it.
I am preparing a letter which will appeal to Madonnaâ€™s lawyer Alan Chinula to intervene on the familyâ€™s behalf and ask Madonna to kindly let Mercy meet her family. None of us desires an embarrassing and expensive court case which could humiliate or inconvenience Madonna. The best outcome would be a proper agreement to let Mercy meet her family on a regular basis.”
We’ll see what happens! Hopefully everything can be worked out for the little girl’s sake!