Appeals court officials in Russia have upheld a previous ruling rejecting a $10.5 million (£6.5 million) lawsuit filed against Madonna for allegedly promoting homosexuality at a concert in St. Petersburg last summer (12).

The Material Girl came under fire from conservative activists in August (12) after speaking out in favour of gay rights - reportedly violating a local law banning same-sex "propaganda" - and nine protesters joined forces to launch legal action against the pop superstar, only to have their case dismissed following a court hearing in November (12).

The plaintiffs challenged the decision and took their argument to St. Petersburg City court - but judges stood by the ruling this week (begs04Feb13) and rejected the suit.