Security Demands Toronto Fest Volunteers Turn Away From Madonna (Report)

7:38 AM PST 09/14/2011 by Etan Vlessing

Liz Rosenberg, long-time rep for the Material Girl, denies the diva demand came from her camp.

TORONTO -- There's confusion following Madonna’s press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday for W.E. over who told volunteers to turn away from the Material Girl when she passed by.

“We are still trying to figure out who and why anyone would ask the volunteers to turn away from Madonna. She has never and would never ask anyone to do that ever,” Madonna's rep Liz Rosenberg said, according to a Toronto Sun newspaper report Wednesday.

"Neither Madonna nor her security ever gave instructions for the volunteers to turn away from Madonna. In fact, she was so impressed with the volunteers that she publicly thanked them from the stage for their hard work before the premiere of her film last night which earned a standing ovation,” Rosenberg continued.

At last count, the diva demand looks to have come from a private security firm, whose identity has not yet been revealed.

Festival execs are not commenting on the Madonna brouhaha, preferring to focus on programming for Wednesday and the rest of TIFF until the event wraps on Sunday.

The Madonna incident follows a recent law change by the Ontario provincial government to allow Hollywood stars attending the Toronto International Film Festival to bring their own hired muscle.

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