U2 Pay Fan For Hearing Loss

September 18, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Something must definitely be said for the invention of earplugs because a Frenchman who attended a 1993 U2 concert in Marseilles, France has lost nearly all of his hearing after standing too close to the speakers. The 34-year-old concert-goer sued the band claiming they were responsible for his hearing loss. A court in Marseilles ruled last Friday in the man's favor, saying U2 must now pay him $34,000 in damages -- even though the man ducked security to stand right next to the sound system. Court-appointed doctors said the man suffered 75 percent hearing loss in his left ear and nearly 50 percent in his right -- declaring him legally deaf.

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