A judge has thrown out a $10.7 million civil damages case against pop star Madonna for violating a St. Petersburg law banning “gay propaganda”.

The complaints against Madonna and her concert promoters were laid by nine conservative groups after the star expressed her support for gays and lesbians during her St. Petersburg concert in August.

St. Petersburg’s ‘The Promotion of Homosexuality, Lesbianism, and Transgenderism to Minors’ law bans any “public activities promoting sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgender identity” in the city.

On Thursday, Judge Vitaly Barkovsky was presented with the evidence in the case in a six hour hearing.

According to the Russian Legal Information Agency, the judge lost his temper while being shown rough amateur video footage of the show.

He asked the plaintiffs if they could show him even one child present in the footage of the concert speech in which Madonna called for LGBT tolerance. After a prolonged search, they succeeded in finding one, singular child.

As Madonna failed, unsurprisingly, to appear in court herself, the plaintiffs were forced to present their case by referring to cell phone and YouTube footage of the show, Wikipedia references and the singer’s website.

Judge Barkovsky, described as being “frustrated” by the proceedings, questioned: “How many families split up because one of the couple is gay? And how many because of alcoholism? How many lawsuits have you filed against alcohol companies?”

He eventually dismissed all charges against Madonna. The plaintiffs retain the option to appeal. The authorities have refused to open a criminal case into matter.

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