Warner Music are still keen to stress that their legal wranglings with the other stakeholders of the co-owned imprint Maverick are in no way related to their ongoing A&R relationship with the most high profile of those stakeholders - Madonna.
However Madonna herself doesn't seem so convinced. Her manager Caresse Henry poured scorn on Warner's claim that they remained on good terms with Madonna despite suing her record label - telling reporters: "It's like serving somebody divorce papers and then asking them when they want to go to dinner."
Madonna herself has told the New York Times: "I find myself in the ludicrous position of being sued by my own record company, whom I have been loyal, industrious and reliable to for over 20 years. For them to behave this way is nothing short of treason."
No response from Warners to those comments as yet.