Madonna considérant une action légale aprés l'effondrement du projet d'école.
Madge eyes action on school
Last Updated: 3:03 AM, March 27, 2011
Posted: 2:41 AM, March 27, 2011
Madonna and her Raising Malawi charity are considering legal action after the foundation they set up to build a school for impoverished girls dramatically collapsed despite millions having been poured into it.
The superstar's plan to build a $15 million school for 400 girls in the African nation has been abandoned after the organization plowed $3.8 million into architects, design and salaries but never broke ground.
Raising Malawi Executive Director Philippe van den Bossche left in October and has been criticized in a report provided by the Kabbalah Center that read: "Philippe's level of mismanagement and lack of oversight was extreme . . . and the lack of success of the players on the ground is in large part a result of his inability to effectively manage project plans, people and finances."
Auditors reportedly found outlandish sums spent on salaries, office space, a golf-club membership, housing and a car and driver.
In a statement to Page Six, a rep for Madonna confirmed, "Raising Malawi is examining its legal options."
Madonna, who lent $11 million to the organization she founded with the Kabbalah Center's Michael Berg, is said to be furious about the school's failure. Her pals, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Alex Rodriguez, are said to be among the project's donors.
Madonna has had a difficult relationship with van den Bossche. We reported in 2009 that she fired her trainer, Tracy Anderson, after she became romantically involved with him. Van den Bossche moved to New York to be with Anderson, leaving Madonna furious that it could distract him from his work with the foundation. Anderson and van den Bossche broke up more than a year ago.
Van den Bossche didn't respond to e-mails, and his cellphone was disconnected. He earlier said he was bound by confidentiality agreements.
Madonna Looking Into 'Legal Options' Following Malawi School Failure
27 March 2011 14:22
Madonna has instructed her lawyers to consider taking legal action over her failed girls school in Malawi.
The pop superstar had planned to build a $15 million (£9.3 million) education facility in the village of Chinkhota, close to the capital Lilongwe, through her Raising Malawi charity.
She announced earlier this week (beg21Mar11) that the project has been abandoned amid allegations of financial mismanagement and the dismissal of the foundation's board of directors.
Representatives at Madonna's Kabbalah Center have slammed former Raising Malawi Executive Director Philippe van den Bossche, who quit in October (10), saying, "Philippe's level of mismanagement and lack of oversight was extreme... and the lack of success of the players on the ground is in large part a result of his inability to effectively manage project plans, people and finances."
Now Madonna's lawyers are looking into filing a possible lawsuit against those involved in the failure of the school.
A spokesperson tells the New York Post's Page Six, "Raising Malawi is examining its legal options."
Madonna has poured millions into Malawi through her charity in recent years and her two youngest children, David and Mercy, were adopted from the nation.
Locals have slammed the star following the school announcement, accusing her of duping them into giving up their land for the scrapped project.