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Jury deliberates a day, clears Cher in lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury found in favor of Cher, dismissing claims by an accountant who said he lost his job and was harassed for alleging there were labor violations during construction of her Malibu mansion.

Salvatore Sampino had accused Cher of wrongful termination, retaliation, sexual harassment and other claims. He was seeking $100,000 in lost wages and $150,000 for emotional distress. Jurors deliberated for one day before giving him nothing Friday.

Cher insisted that Sampino never actually worked for her but for a subcontractor, Artemis Design and Consulting, and that she had nothing to do with his leaving his job.

"I'm really happy with the verdict," said the 55-year-old entertainer, who signed autographs for jurors after the trial.