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Lopez ex-husband drops legal case
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez had her first UK number one single in 2001
The first ex-husband of singer Jennifer Lopez has dropped his legal case claiming she fired him as manager of her Pasadena restaurant without cause.

Ojani Noa's lawyer David deRubertis did not say why he asked the LA court to dismiss the case with prejudice, which would stop him from refiling it.

Mr Noa alleged last year that he was fired after six months of working at Madre's for $1,000 (563) a week.

He and Lopez met when he was a waiter and their 1997 marriage lasted a year.

Lawyers for both of them were unavailable for comment.

Mixed career

Lopez, who is also a Hollywood actress, married dancer Cris Judd in 2001. They got divorced just seven months later.

She and ex-fiance Ben Affleck split in early 2004, and she married singer Marc Anthony five months later.

Lopez emerged in the 90s as one of the new wave of Latin pop stars, but she has not always maintained her early film success in movies including 1998's Out of Sight with George Clooney.

Gigli, released in 2003 and co-starring Affleck and 2004's Jersey Girl were two of the most critically panned movies of recent times.

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