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Madonna goes to court in feud with ex Guy Ritchie to force son Rocco (15) to return to New York for Christmas

Singer wins legal bid to have 15-year-old son forced to board a plane from London despite him wanting to stay in the UK for Christmas .

Harriet Alexander

Published 24/12/2015 | 09:38

David Ciccone Ritchie, Guy Ritchie, Rocco Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' film premiere. Picture: Startraks Photo/REX Shutterstock
David Ciccone Ritchie, Guy Ritchie, Rocco Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' film premiere. Picture: Startraks Photo/REX Shutterstock
Guy Ritchie and Rocco Ritchie attend "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater on August 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
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Madonna has gone to court to force her 15-year-old son Rocco to return to New York, after his father Guy Ritchie insisted that he wanted to stay in the UK for Christmas.

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The singer appeared before a judge in Manhattan on Wednesday morning, where she won her bid to have her son forced to board a plane from London.

Mr Ritchie, a film director who has two children with Madonna, argued through his lawyer that Rocco preferred to spend Christmas with his father, the New York Post reported.

“He has expressed very clearly that he does not want to return to New York,” said Eric Buckley, Mr Ritchie’s lawyer, regarding their son.

David Ciccone Ritchie, Guy Ritchie, Rocco Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' film premiere. Picture: Startraks Photo/REX Shutterstock
David Ciccone Ritchie, Guy Ritchie, Rocco Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' film premiere. Picture: Startraks Photo/REX Shutterstock

Madonna, appearing agitated, tried to interject, the New York Daily News reported, but was calmed by her lawyer Eleanor Alter.

Judge Deborah Kaplan asked Mr Buckley: “Has he prevented the child from returning to the US?”

'I want to be a good mother' - with her children Mercy and David, and the director for the Mphandula Childcare Centre in Malawi in 2013
'I want to be a good mother' - with her children Mercy and David, and the director for the Mphandula Childcare Centre in Malawi in 2013

“Effectively yes,” Mr Buckley replied.

Judge Kaplan ordered that Rocco should talk with Madonna, and then revisit the issue of which parent he prefers.

Singer Madonna arrives with her ex husband Guy Ritchie and children Rocco and Lourdes at the UK Premiere of
Singer Madonna arrives with her ex husband Guy Ritchie and children Rocco and Lourdes at the UK Premiere of "Arthur And The Invisibles" at the Vue West End Cinema, Leicester Square on January 25, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

The judge told a smiling Madonna that Rocco must also present himself to court in the United States for the case to be decided.

“I’m directing the child to be returned to New York. If he wants to stay with his father, he must return to his mother.”

Guy Ritchie and Rocco Ritchie attend
Guy Ritchie and Rocco Ritchie attend "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater on August 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)

Madonna, in a black wool fur cape, long black skirt and dark sunglasses, refused to comment as she left the Manhattan courtroom.

Madonna and Ritchie were granted a divorce in 2008. They also have an adopted son, David Banda, 10.

Madonna pictured during her Rebel Heart tour gig in London
Madonna pictured during her Rebel Heart tour gig in London

The singer has two other children, Lourdes Leon, 19, and nine-year-old Mercy James, adopted from Malawi.

The 57-year-old has recently returned to New York from Glasgow, where on Sunday night she performed for her Rebel Heart tour.

The show, which began in Montreal in September, has seen her criss-cross the US and Europe.

Concluding the European leg, she is back in New York for Christmas before starting again, on January 6, in Mexico City and continuing through Asia and Australasia, wrapping up in March.

Ritchie married model Jacqui Ainsley this summer, and lives in London with her and their three sons.

Telegraph.co.uk

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