A district judge at Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court has cleared Lee Ryan, of Innocent/Virgin-signed British pop band Blue, of assaulting photographers.

LONDON--A district judge at Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court has cleared Lee Ryan, of Innocent/Virgin-signed British pop band Blue, of assaulting photographers.

Ryan was accused of assaulting freelance photographer David Abiaw and Conor Nolan, who works for photo agency Big Pictures, last December as they attempted to photograph him leaving a London nightclub with a woman.

Judge Caroline Tubbs dismissed the assault charges, ruling that Ryan acted in self-defense. But he was convicted on two counts of criminal damage for smashing the photographers' cameras. Ryan was ordered to pay £300 ($532) to Abiaw and £200 ($354) to Big Pictures for damaging their camera equipment. But the judge dismissed an application from the prosecution for Ryan to pay legal costs.