Dutch violin maestro Andre Rieu fights huge child labor fine

Source:AFP Published: 2017/10/25 17:23:39

The celebrated violinist Andre Rieu has appealed in court against an "absurdly high" 116,000-euro ($136,474) fine - issued for allowing children to perform in his show past the legal time limit set by Dutch law, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Rieu, also known as the modern "King of Waltz," was originally slapped with a 236,000 euro fine, later reduced, after a group of young Romanian pan flute players were on stage until midnight during a series of seven concerts in 2015.

Dutch law states that minors may not perform after 11:00 pm.

"The children were on stage at that time for a few minutes, but they were merely waving at the crowd at the end of the concert," his lawyer Sander Lely said after appearing at Limburg Regional court.

Although the group performed earlier "it is Andre Rieu's standard practice to have everybody on stage at the end of the evening to wave to the crowds," Lely told AFP.

"We think the fine is absurdly high and out of proportion."

Limburg Regional court will hand down a judgement in the matter on December 4, Rieu's lawyer Lely said.

Rieu himself called the fine "absurd," according to a report from Dutch entertainment website Show.

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