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Nelly settles with photographer over beating

Was taking pictures of 2005 concert when bodyguard threw him to ground
/ Source: The Associated Press

Nelly and a freelance photographer who claimed he was roughed up by the rapper's bodyguard have reached a settlement, according to the photographer's lawyer.

Nelly has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle the claim by Jerry Livingston, who was taking photos of the April 12, 2005, concert, said lawyer Mark Arons.

Arons said Livingston was dragged to the side of the stage, thrown on the ground and pummeled because it was believed that he was videotaping the event. He said Livingston sprained his knee and had neck and back pain.

The case had been headed for a civil trial when the two sides reached the settlement, which included no admission of guilt on Nelly's part, Arons said. He said Nelly's security company will pay Livingston $3,000.

Nelly's attorney did not return calls for comment.

Livingston has lawsuits pending against the city, the Arena at Harbor Yard, where the concert took place, and the company that manages the arena.