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Prince settles cancelled Dublin gig case

Prince and his agents were being sued for 1.7m euros

A legal action by promoters MCD against Prince and his US agents over the cancellation of a concert in Dublin has been settled out of court.

MCD had sued the singer and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment for 1.7m euros following the cancellation of a concert at Croke Park in 2008.

The details of the settlement have not been disclosed but afterwards Denis Desmond of MCD said he was pleased.

More than 55,000 tickets were sold for the cancelled concert.

During the case in Dublin's High Court it emerged that Prince had spoken about Mr Desmond and said "tell the cat to chill, we will work something out."

Mr Desmond added on Friday that he was "a very chilled cat".

The court had heard that MCD paid half of Prince's requested $3m fee to William Morris as his agent and had paid 700,000 euros for the use of Croke Park.

The court heard details of a series of emails sent from Mr Desmond of MCD to Tony Goldring of William Morris in which Mr Desmond proposes the Dublin concert and in later emails presses him to confirm the availability of the pop star.

A barrister for MCD said a pattern emerged in the emails where Mr Goldring, who is a booking agent, was at first careful and cautious about committing but later confirmed the dates and the terms.

He added it was clear from the email exchanges that Mr Goldring had not offered confirmation unilaterally but on the basis of a confirmation by Prince's staff.

Concerns were raised by MCD production staff when they had heard "nothing" as the concert date approached.

MCD was informed on 6 June 2008 that Prince, whose full name is Prince Rogers Nelson, wished to cancel the concert, which was due to take place on 16 June.

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