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NFL, rapper MIA reach settlement over finger incident


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Singer MIA performs on the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis.

NEW YORK — An attorney for M.I.A. says his client and the NFL have reached a settlement ending their multimillion-dollar dispute over the Sri Lankan rapper's flash of the middle finger during her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance with Madonna.

Attorney Howard E. King said in a statement Friday that the two had reached a confidential settlement, but offered no further details.

The Hollywood Reporter reported last year that the NFL took action with the American Arbitration Association for breaching her performance contract and tarnishing the league's reputation, asking for $1.5 million in damages.

A spokesman said the league had no comment. NFL officials have said any money earned from the action would be donated to charity.

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