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Posted: November 23, 2016

Madonna stands by son Rocco Ritchie after reported arrest

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, musician Madonna poses for photographers at the World premiere of the Beatles documentary,
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, musician Madonna poses for photographers at the World premiere of the Beatles documentary, "Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years," in London. Madonna says she is supporting son Rocco Ritchie after reports surfaced Wednesday that the 16-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana in London. She released a statement Wednesday calling the September arrest “a family matter.” (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES —

Madonna says she is supporting son Rocco Ritchie after reports surfaced Wednesday that the 16-year-old was arrested for possession of marijuana in London.

Madonna released a statement to The Associated Press Wednesday calling the September arrest "a family matter."

She said: "I love my son very much. I will do whatever I can to give him the support that he needs, and I ask that you respect our privacy at this time."

Rocco was the subject of a months-long custody dispute between Madonna and ex-husband Guy Ritchie. The couple divorced in 2008. They finally agreed in September to allow Rocco to continue living with his father in London.

According to a report in The Sun newspaper, Rocco was arrested on Sept. 28.


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