Co-op slams Madonna for trying to skirt residence rules
Members of Madonna’s ritzy Upper West Side co-op want a Manhattan judge to force the Material Girl to play by the rules.
The pop star sued the board of the Harperley Hall co-op at West 64th Street and Central Park West in April for trying to enforce a rule that requires her to be “in residence” at the $7.3 million pad when any members of her family or staff are staying there.
“Plaintiff is a world-renowned recording artist, performer and singer who is constantly on world tours,” her Madgesty huffs in court papers.
“As such, plaintiff owns many residences around the world and travels extensively worldwide,” her Manhattan civil suit says.
The toned-down version of Madge’s favorite catchphrase, “B—h, I’m Madonna,” didn’t go over well with the board.
Madonna cannot “credibly claim she was treated any differently from every other shareholder,” the building’s lawyer, Patrick Sweeney, says in court papers asking a judge to toss the suit.
Indeed, the building rules don’t mean that her kids will have no place to go while their mom is out of town.
Her primary Manhattan residence is a $32.5 million, triple-wide town house on East 81st Street.
Madonna, 57, bought the seventh-floor unit that’s the subject of the suit in 2008. She lived at the co-op when she was married to Sean Penn.
The “Like a Virgin” singer has four children — teenagers Rocco and Lourdes and adopted 10-year-olds David Banda and Mercy James.
Sweeney also says that Madonna waited too long to sue — two years after the building-wide rule was enacted.
Madonna says she wasn’t aware of the new rule until November 2015. But that date “is still more than four months before she commenced this action,” Sweeney says about the filing deadline.
An attorney for Madonna did not return a message seeking comment.