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Rocking rich in hat spat

London, June 29: He may be one of the world’s wealthiest rock stars with access to Presidents and Prime Ministers, but Bono, U2’s frontman, went to court yesterday over a pair of trousers and a stetson hat.

U2 is suing Lola Cashman, a former stylist with the group, for the recovery of the clothing, which Bono wore during the band’s Joshua Tree tour in 1987. Bono also wants Cashman to return a pair of hoop earrings, a green sweatshirt and around 200 photographs that she took of the band.

Cashman, 45, worked for U2 for nearly two years in the 1980s, creating its stage look for its Rattle and Hum and Joshua Tree tours. She published an unauthorised biography of the group last year.

In her evidence, Cashman said that Bono was in a playful mood on the last night of the Joshua Tree tour in Arizona and gave her some of the items. “The band came off stage and Bono was running around in his underpants with his hat on,” she said.

She told the Dublin Circuit Civil Court that she had asked Bono for his stetson and he agreed to give it to her. “To me it symbolised all I had achieved in my work, working on this amazing tour,” she said.

In 2000, she put up for sale at Sotheby’s her U2 memorabilia. She said she did not receive any objections until she placed the remaining items for sale at Christie’s in 2002.

Bono said Cashman’s claims that the items had been given to her were ridiculous.

“They sound like trivial items, they’re really not,” he said.

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