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Beatle's guitar lawsuit settled
George Harrison
Harrison died of cancer in November 2001 in Los Angeles
George Harrison's estate has settled its dispute against a doctor it accused of coercing the dying ex-Beatle into signing the doctor's son's guitar.

The guitar "will be disposed of privately" and Dr Gilbert Lederman's son will be given a new guitar.

A court statement did not elaborate, but said the estate had agreed to drop the $10m lawsuit against Dr Lederman.

Harrison, who died of cancer in 2001, was treated by Dr Lederman at New York's Staten Island University.

'Preserving dignity and privacy'

The settlement in Brooklyn Federal Court came 10 days after the lawsuit was filed.

"George Harrison's music spoke to the heart and soul of my generation," US Judge Nicholas Garaufis said on Friday.

"I am grateful that the parties have reached an agreement that not only resolves the nascent litigation, but, even more significantly, preserves the dignity and protects the privacy of all concerned," the judge said.

Under the terms of settlement, none of the parties may comment on the dispute or further details of the settlement.

Donation dismissed

One of the main allegations of the legal action was that Dr Lederman got an extremely sick Harrison to sign his son's guitar and autographs for his two daughters.

Court papers claim Dr Lederman took his children to see Harrison, making the musician listen to his 14-year-old son playing the guitar.

They go on to say that when Harrison resisted signing autographs, Dr Lederman held his hand to help him write. This claim was rejected by Dr Lederman's lawyer.

Earlier, Harrison's family had dismissed an offer by Dr Lederman to donate the signed guitar to charity.

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