Thursday, July 18, 2024

Madonna, Kabbalah Admit Government Investigations We Reported First


The Kabbalah Centre of Los Angeles now admits that they’re being investigated the government. The Los Angeles Times is also reporting the grand jury investigation that this column reported first and exclusively. Both the LA Times and Associated Press are each reporting the lawsuit filed by Courtney Geddes against Kabbalah–again reported here first. The Kabbalah Centre insisted when I reported the grand jury story that there were no investigations and no grand jury. Recently I spoke with one of Madonna’s close associates, who defended Kabbalah and Madonna, and insisted also that there were no investigations. Now the Kabbalah Centre says it will “cooperate” with the investigations–it’s not like they have any choice. Madonna, by the way, donated 2,626,529 to the Kabbalah Centre in 2007, another $400,000 in 2008–separate from the $3.7 million that came from her celebrity fundraiser in New York, and another $2.5 million in 2009 to their combined causes–SFK, Raising Malawi, etc–all from her Ray of Light Foundation. And that may be exclusive of the total $11 million she earmarked the aborted school in Malawi.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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