Posted Sept. 10, 2007 – The material girl says contrary to what's being said about her, she didn't use her celebrity status to speed up the adoption of Malawian toddler David Banda.
A spokeswoman for Madonna insists that the singer's effort to make baby David a part of her family was not fast-tracked because of who she is. However, new questions about exactly how the process went down are being raised now that Malawian official Penstone Kilembe, the director of Malawi's Child Welfare Services, who was to go to London to assess the adoption is off the case, The Associated Press reports.
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The official has been accused of soliciting money from the singer for his trip, the New Zealand Herald reports. Madonna's spokeswoman says "there has been absolutely no interference with government official" to get around official procedures.
Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie were granted temporary custody of David Banda almost a year ago. The boy was 13 months old at the time, and there was concern that the adoption was sped up because Madonna is a celebrity who has provided money to help children in Malawi – allegations Madonna say are just not true.
A report is expected to be filed before the Malawian courts in February for a judge to determine whether or not Madonna and her husband are suitable adoptive parents.
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