This can't be good.
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.
The family says they were guaranteed regular contact with Mercy James, but they have not seen her once since Madonna's adopted her.
They have asked the country's leading civil rights group CILIC to help them with their case.
Director of the CILIC, Emmie Chanika, says:
"Mercy’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 – 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 Madonna’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 Madonna’s lawyer Alan Chinula to intervene on the family’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."
If the family and Madonna agreed on visitations, then they do have a right to see Mercy James. Hopefully, for her sake, everything can be worked out.
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