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Madonna adviser: Malawi row 'a sad story'

Malawi's President Joyce Banda did not know about a statement from her office calling US singer Madonna a bully, the BBC has been told.

Madonna's people had responded by accusing the government of having a grudge against the singer.

Speaking on Thursday, Madonna's adviser on philanthropic projects Trevor Neilson told the BBC's Eddie Mair that the souring of relations would not affect the pop star's future work in the country.

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