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Axl Rose and Fan Settle Lawsuit

October 22, 1993 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A fan who claims rocker Axl Rose attacked and injured him during a concert accepted an out-of-court settlement Thursday, and got an autograph, too.

A jury had deliberated about three hours before the settlement was announced. Terms were not released.

William ″Stump″ Stephenson, 28, of St. Louis, had sought at least $210,000 in damages for back and ear injuries, lost wages and medical bills he said were incurred when the singer jumped off a stage during a 1991 concert. The concert at Riverport Amphitheatre in suburban St. Louis ended in a riot in which about 65 people were hurt.

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Rose is the lead singer of the band Guns N’ Roses, whose hits include ″Sweet Child O’ Mine″ and ″November Rain.″

Rose, 31, said he ″felt great″ about the settlement.

Stephenson said he was pleased with the outcome, too.

″It’s over and I want to get on with my life,″ said Stephenson, who got Rose to sign his scrapbook.

Rose’s lawyer, Allen Boston, told the jury Rose leaped off the stage to snatch a camera away from Stephenson. Cameras are not allowed at Riverport and Rose testified he was afraid Stephenson would sell the pictures to a tabloid.

But Stephenson’s attorney, Mark Bronson, said others were using cameras and Rose singled out Stephenson.

After the scuffle with fans, Rose returned briefly to the stage and criticized Riverport security before storming off, ending the concert and touching off the riot.

Stephenson’s was the first of about 20 lawsuits filed against Rose.

Last year, Rose agreed to pay $50,000 to five St. Louis area charities in an agreement with prosecutors to resolve four counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of misdemeanor property damage. Rose also was placed on two years’ probation.