June 28, 2005

U2 sue former stylist for return of souvenirs

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish rock group U2 went to courtTuesday to recover 5,000 euros ($6,062) worth of memorabilia --including a pair of lead singer Bono's trousers -- from aformer stylist.

The multi-millionaires, who played to nearly 250,000 fansin three Dublin concerts over the last few days, are suing LolaCashman for the return of a number of items she says shereceived as gifts.

Bono rejected Cashman's claim she had been given thearticles, including a Stetson hat, a pair of blackthree-quarter length trousers and earrings worn by him on theband's 1987 Joshua Tree tour and in the 1988 film "Rattle andHum."

"The stylists would never have asked for them and the bandwould never have given them," Bono told Dublin's circuit court,adding that while Cashman had a good eye for wardrobe, she hadbeen difficult to work with.

"Almost every single person on the tour wanted her off thetour," he said, adding that while they were not part of thecase he also wanted some 200 Polaroid photographs in herpossession returned. Cashman, who published an unauthorizedbiography of the group last year entitled "Inside the Zoo withU2: My Life with the World's Biggest Rock Band," has previouslysought unsuccessfully to sell the mementos at auction.

Bono denied the band was taking legal action againstCashman because of her book.

Cashman was due to take the stand later in the day. ($1=.8248 Euro)