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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 April, 2004, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Singer Prince sued after 'attack'
The incident happened in Prince's home town of Minneapolis
Pop singer Prince is being sued by a student who alleges he was attacked by one of the artist's bodyguards after he took a photo of him at an airport.

Anthony Fitzgerald, 19, of Minneapolis, has filed a lawsuit alleging assault and battery and loss of his camera.

He alleges that the bodyguard - named only as Trevor - "lunged at him in an aggressive, threatening manner".

A Prince spokeswoman said she was not familiar with the case, which has been filed at a Minneapolis court.

Mr Fitzgerald's lawsuit, filed at Hennepin County District Court on Wednesday, alleges the incident took place on 29 December 2003 as Prince was getting off a flight at Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport.

'Emotional distress'

He says the bodyguard grabbed his digital camera, leaving him "stunned and humiliated".

He alleges "intentional infliction of emotional distress" that left him anxious and unable to sleep.

Details of the lawsuit were confirmed to BBC News Online by Steve Bittick, a senior clerk at the Hennepin court.

Mr Bittick said the case would now be scheduled to go before a judge. In the meantime, both parties would be asked to see if they could reach a resolution outside court.

Prince, 45, born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis, still lives in the city, which is home to his multi-million dollar Paisley Park studio complex.

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