Pop star cleared of assault

Last updated at 16:09 13 May 2004

Pop star Lee Ryan has been cleared of assaulting two photographers as they tried to take photos of him leaving a trendy London nightclub with a mystery girl.

However, the star of top boy band Blue was convicted of two counts of causing criminal damage after smashing the cameras of the two men, a district judge at Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court found.

The singer was ordered to pay £300 compensation to freelance photographer David Abiaw and £200 compensation to photo agency Big Pictures for the damage to its equipment, which was being used by photographer Conor Nolan.

Ryan had hit out at the cameras in an incident outside the 10 Rooms nightclub off Piccadilly Circus in London in December last year after being crowded in by paparazzi.

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