Thursday, May 6, 2004

Madonna says stay off the estate

Not in my back yard, says Madonna.

Lawyers for the Material Girl argued Wednesday that walkers should not be allowed to traipse across her $11 million country estate of Ashcombe House in Wiltshire, southern England.

Madonna and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, are disputing their obligations under a new law designed to give ramblers access to open land across Britain.

The couple believe that allowing public access to their land would breach their human rights by infringing on their privacy.

The government-funded Countryside Agency has decided that 100 acres of the couple's 1,200-acre retreat should be designated a public walkway.

Stephen Pasterfield, representing the Countryside Agency, said there should be no special consideration for famous people.

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