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Gerard Butler cleared over scuffle with photographer

Gerard Butler
Butler has starred in films including 300 and Ugly Truth

A Los Angeles judge has dropped charges against British actor Gerard Butler over a scuffle with a photographer after a premiere party in October 2008.

A court spokeswoman said a misdemeanour battery charge was dropped after the actor, 40, finished community service.

The incident took place on 7 October 2008 after Butler, the star of war epic 300 and romantic comedy Ugly Truth, left a party for his film RocknRolla.

He faced up to six months if convicted. His lawyer has declined to comment.

Mr Butler's manager had said the star's driver was forced to stop the car after the photographer raced through red lights, narrowly avoiding two pedestrians.

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