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Friday, 29 November, 2002, 20:59 GMT
Dannii Minogue may sue BNP
Dannii Minogue
Minogue says she does not support the BNP
Singer Dannii Minogue may take legal action against the British National Party (BNP) after it used comments by her to claim she supported their anti-immigration policies.

The far right group posted the comments on the party website under the heading "Kylie's sister backs the BNP".

But the singer said her remarks about Asian immigration in her homeland Australia, and about right wing French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, had been taken out of context.


Australia is the most multicultural melting pot of people. I'm completely proud of that.

Dannii Minogue

She said she would be consulting her lawyers, saying she was "mortified" to be associated with the party.

Following the BNP's posting, the Anti Nazi League described Minogue as a racist and hypocrite, being an immigrant to England herself.

The sister of international superstar Kylie made her comments in an article for GQ magazine.

Speaking of the Asian-born population in Queensland, Minogue, 31, told the magazine: "Even some of the street signs are in Asian!"

BNP 'unconcerned'

But on Friday she said she was only stating this as a fact and that she did not think it was a bad thing.

"Australia is the most multicultural melting pot of people. I'm completely proud of that," she said.

In reference to the article she said: ""I'm really, really upset about it.

"I've obviously been misquoted ... This is something very serious and something that I obviously have to be speaking to my lawyers about."

Kylie and Dannii Minogue
Dannii Minogue is Kylie's sister
Ms Minogue, a former star of Australian soap Home And Away, said she grew up in Melbourne where she lived among Greeks and Italians.

"And I said in parts of Queensland there's lots of Asians and, you know, yes it's true some street signs are in Asian. I wasn't saying that was a bad thing," she added.

Commenting to GQ about Le Pen, Minogue said: "I think he struck a chord with people."

She said she was merely stating a fact, adding: "I don't follow him at all."

A spokesman for the BNP said the party was not concerned by the singer's threat of legal action.

"We only reproduced exactly what we read in GQ magazine so we have nothing to worry about," he said.

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