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Robbie Williams' Rude payout
Contributed by: bang-showbiz
Posted on: December 4, 2007 03:56 MST
Filed under: Pop, Celebs

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams must pay a £500,000 court bill after blasting former boss Nigel Martin-Smith on his 'Rudebox' album.

The 'Angels' singer is expected to apologise at Manchester High Court tomorrow (05.12.07) and settle the huge sum after accusing Martin-Smith of stealing money from Take That's tour payments in his track 'The 90s'.

Robbie also sang about gouging the 49-year-old music mogul's eyes out on the song which was removed from the 2006 album when Martin-Smith launched legal action.

Martin-Smith - who assembled Take That in 1990 - told Britain's Manchester Evening News newspaper: "Robbie has agreed to make a public apology and will pay damages. That will be the end of the matter. I told him I didn't want damages and would happily waive them if he would meet me for a chat and put all this negativity behind us.

"I said we should be friends again, but he refused to meet me. So now he has to pay me damages. It's a shame it's come to this. They say there's nothing worse than a woman scorned, but there is. The worst thing is a pop star scorned.

"I have no idea why Robbie created this idea that I was horrible to him. Did I lock him in a cage or stick pins in his eyes? I'm not bitter, but it still hurts. It's funny what fame does to human beings.

"They were all such lovely lads. Howard still is absolutely salt of the earth, Mark is still lovely and Gary is like my younger brother."

The pair have already had dealings in court - in 1997, Nigel sued Robbie for breach of contract after he left Take That.
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