Madonna arrest threat
13:30 18 August 2006
Madonna faces arrest over her controversial mock crucifixion.
The 'Hung Up' singer could be arrested if she performs the much-criticised routine in Germany on Sunday (20.08.06).
Dusseldorf police have warned the singer that she could be in breach of their "insulting religious beliefs" law and they will be ready to act if she attempts the stunt.
During her 'Confessions' tour, the 48-year-old singer wears a crown of thorns and is hoisted on to a 'disco cross'.
While numerous religious leaders have condemned the performance as "blasphemous", Madonna insists she is performing the stunt to try and raise Aids awareness.
Catholic, Muslim and Jewish leaders objected before the singer's Rome concert earlier this month and called for her to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Ersilio Tonino, speaking with the Pope's approval, said: "The concert is a blasphemous challenge to the faith and a profanation to the cross."
Madonna, who was raised a Catholic, has never been afraid of controversy.
The pop superstar released her frank erotic book 'Sex' in 1992 and caused outrage by kissing a black Jesus while crosses burned behind her in the video for 'Like a Prayer'.
If Madonna is arrested, she could face a £20,000 fine and a suspended jail sentence.
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