LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst settled a $5 million battery lawsuit filed by a former lighting technician who claimed he hit her and broke her nose during the 2000 Anger Management tour, their lawyers confirmed yesterday (Nov. 26). Terms of the settlement, reached last month, were not released.
Connie Paulson had sued Durst in November 2001, claiming he hit her in the face with a microphone as she was dismantling the lights after a December 3, 2000 performance in Birmingham, Alabama. According to Paulson's lawsuit, Durst threw a microphone in a "fit of rage" and "with no provocation," giving her a broken nose and two black eyes and costing her a front tooth.
"It was an unfortunate accident," Durst's attorney Ed McPherson said, "and it's been settled in the normal course of things as most cases are. I don't think she ever thought he knew she was there, but unfortunately, she was. Fred came to the plate right from the beginning. He visited her in the hospital, he paid her medical bills, and he kept her on salary. They're getting on with their lives. Hopefully nothing like this will ever happen again, to anyone."
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