Queen of pop Madonna has filed a court case against the owners of her apartment building for allegedly not allowing her family into her home.
The 58-year-old singer is suing One West 64th Street for enforcing strict rules, which forbid her from allowing people including her children Lourdes, 19, Rocco, 16, Mercy, 10, and David, 11, as well as her staff, into a second unit she owns in the block and staying when she is not there, reported the New York Post.
The “Music” hitmaker has insisted the owners knew Madonna’s status and lifestyle and did not object to letting others stay when she first moved into the property 12 years ago, four years before she bought the second apartment.
In Manhattan Court Papers, the “Material Girl” hitmaker said: “At that time, I was, and still am, a world-known performing artist. At that time, One West knew or should have known that I travelled extensively and owned other residences.’
“[The building] is a place I call home. It is there that I have my cherished personal effects and property such as artwork, paintings, sculpture, special furniture and the like.”
Madonna’s team of lawyers are staging a defense based on the roommate law, which gives the tenant the right to use her home for “immediate family, a roommate and the children of the roommate”.