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Rocker Nugent wins festival fee
Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent is best-known for his 1977 song Cat Scratch Fever
Rock star Ted Nugent has won $100,000 (77,000) damages from a music festival after organisers took him off the bill for allegedly making racist remarks.

The singer and guitarist, who had a hit with Cat Scratch Fever in 1977, was pulled from the Muskegon Summer Celebration in Michigan in 2003.

Organisers accused him of being racist but he said he repeated a word a black musician had used to compliment him.

Nugent, 56, won the damages for breach of contract and loss of proceeds.

The court in Muskegon heard that the singer made the remarks during a live interview, using the contentious term to quote what a Motown musician said about his guitar playing.

Nugent told the jury a festival news release circulated at the time claimed he made racist remarks.


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