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Poor Madonna had a terrible Tuesday. Not only did the Malawi government slam her philanthropic plan to build 10 schools in the African country, but her alleged stalker also got the charges against him dropped, meaning he's no longer held back by the order of protection issued in October that kept him from going within 10 blocks of her NYC apartment.
But it's not all doom and gloom for the Material Girl…
Although a Reuters article cited Malawi's Ministry of Education spokeswoman as saying the government was "fed up" with Madge, Trevor Neilson, the head of Global Philanthropy Group (which provides consulting for Madonna's charitable endeavors) said this is simply "not true."
And while the country's education spokeswoman claimed Madonna "[decided] to announce that she plans to build 10 schools without getting authority from us again," Neilson told a different story. According to him, the government has been "fully updated" on the pop star's efforts, and her charity Raising Malawi's partner, buildOn, "is in close communication with local officials and has cleared all plans for school construction with them."
As for Madge's overzealous fan now having free roam, well, there's not really a silver lining on that one. Robert Linhart, who parked outside the singer's NYC apartment with adoring signs and was busted with an ice pick in 2010, got off the hook Tuesday.
According to the New York Post, a Manhattan judge dismissed all charges against Linhart, a retired NYC firefighter, citing prosecutors' failure to meet trial deadlines.
—Additional reporting by Marc Malkin