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Rocker calls lawyer ‘idiot’ for settling suit over name

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NEW YORK (AP) — Rocker Tommy Lee left court in a huff after his record company agreed — over his objections — to settle a civil lawsuit only to learn that a jury had decided in their favor.

"Idiot!" the former Motley Crue drummer muttered, after pointing at a record company lawyer who had pushed for the deal with a man who claimed Lee stole the band name Methods of Mayhem from him.

Terms of the settlement Friday were not revealed, but Lee can keep the name. Lawyers for Lee's record company, MCA Records, and its Universal Music Group division declined to comment.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman read the jury verdict after the settlement was announced. The plaintiff, Thomas Tibert, 38, of Ulebo Kvarn, Sweden, declined to comment.