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U2 possessions 'were not stolen'
Lola Cashman
Lola Cashman worked with the band in the 1980s
A former stylist for rock band U2 has told a court in Dublin that mementoes of theirs she kept "were not stolen".

Lola Cashman, who worked for the group in the 1980s, said it was not until 2002 that she became aware there was a problem over the items.

Ms Cashman added the items - including a hat and trousers worn by frontman Bono - were "just memorabilia" to her.

The band are seeking the return of the items in their court battle to try and stop her selling them off.

They wore them during their 1987 Joshua Tree tour, and other accessories include a pair of metal hoop earrings and a souvenir sweatshirt.

Ms Cashman told Dublin Circuit Civil Court she was contacted by a lawyer for U2 three years ago and felt "intimidated".

"I was incredibly frightened," she said.

I didn't think that 'Yippee Bono has given me his black trousers', or 'Yippee Bono has given me his hat'
Lola Cashman

"I did not steal those pieces. They were given to me," added Ms Cashman, who was recruited by the chart-topping band to update their image.

"I was proud of what I had achieved with the band. Bono liked wearing hats and I changed his style slightly," she said.

But U2's lawyer Paul Sreenan said she had exaggerated her role as stylist.

Bono
Bono was not at the courthouse in Dublin on Wednesday

The court was played a video clip showing Bono purchasing a black Stetson - one of the items among the 3,500 worth of goods in contention.

Ms Cashman's lawyer later produced another hat claimed to be that in question, pointing out it was a different colour to the one shown in the video footage.

Ms Cashman is also taking defamation proceedings against U2 at the High Court in London - but they have been put on hold pending the outcome of this case.

She later told the court that items were given to her as gifts during quiet moments on tour with just her and Bono in the dressing room, which was why no crew members saw her receive them.

'Trivial items'

"I didn't think it was any big deal," said Ms Cashman.

She was also questioned as to why she had failed to mention the gifts in her book, written after her time with the band.

"I didn't write about it because obviously it wasn't interesting enough to put in my book," she said.

On the second day of proceedings, none of the members of U2 or manager Paul McGuinness were present in court.

On Tuesday, Bono hit back at claims they had given items to Ms Cashman as gifts, saying they rarely gave away possessions.

"They sound like trivial items, they're really not," he told the court. "They are important items to the group and we take them seriously,"

Judge Matthew Deery said that he hoped to deliver his judgment in the case next Tuesday.

The case is due to continue on Thursday, when Ms Cashman will resume her evidence.


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