Williams Pays Damages To Former Manager
LATEST: British pop star ROBBIE WILLIAMS has agreed to pay undisclosed damages to former TAKE THAT manager NIGEL MARTIN SMITH for suggesting he had stolen from the band in a song. The 33-year-old, who soared to fame with boyband Take That before launching a successful solo career in 1995, also apologised for the "outrageous allegations". London's High Court heard how Williams had accused Martin Smith in the lyrics of a song called The 90's - a rewritten version of which appears on his latest album Rudebox. His lawyer said on Wednesday morning (05Dec07), "Robbie Williams wishes to make it clear to his fans, and the public at large, that he did not intend these lyrics to be taken at face value. "Specifically, Robbie Williams did not intend to allege that Nigel Martin Smith has ever stolen any funds from Take That or anyone. "Prior to the release of Rudebox, the lyrics to The 90's were changed by Robbie Williams in order to avoid any further misunderstanding. "Nonetheless, Robbie Williams wishes now to apologise publicly and unreservedly for the distress that the original publication of those lyrics caused to Nigel." He agreed to pay the undisclosed damages and legal costs, thought to total around $1 million (GBP500,000). Los Angeles-based Williams did not attend the hearing, but his solicitor Keith Ashby said he wished to apologise "publicly and unreservedly" for the original publication of the lyrics. Martin Smith was not at court either. His solicitor Gary Lux refused to confirm or deny the reported payout, only saying it was "substantial". He added, "Nigel did not want this to come this far. It is regrettable, because if Robbie had apologised at the outset we would not have ended up here today."