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Video: Fight breaks out at Boston Pops

updated 6/6/2007 9:56:37 AM ET 2007-06-06T13:56:37

Two men who snubbed symphony etiquette by throwing fists at the Boston Pops’ season-opening concert last month will not face charges, a court official said.

Matthew Ellinger, 27, of Boston, and Michael Hallam, 44, of Bourne, agreed to withdraw assault and battery complaints against each other at a closed-door hearing Tuesday in Boston Municipal Court, First Assistant Clerk Magistrate Rosemary Carr said.

Carr would not comment on why Ellinger and Hallam dropped the complaints.

The fight at Symphony Hall on May 9 started when Ellinger tapped Hallam on the shoulder with a program and told him to be quiet, police said. The men bickered before Hallam punched Ellinger, leading to the brief scuffle in the balcony.

Conductor Keith Lockhart was forced to pause the orchestra’s performance of music from the movie “Gigi” before police escorted the men out of the concert.

The men, who were not injured, filed charges days later.

Ellinger did not immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press, and Hallam declined comment.

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