Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay, has asked Australian police to drop a charge that he damaged a photographer’s car in the eastern resort town of Byron Bay in July.
Martin, 26, did not appear at Byron Bay Magistrates Court today to face one charge of maliciously destroying or damaging property valued at less than 2,000 Australian dollars (€1,172). Malicious damage charges carry a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.
Megan Cusack, a lawyer acting for Martin, told the court that lawyers had sought last week to have the charge dropped.
“It will be decided by the police services … whether they will be dismissed,” Cusack said outside court.
Although details of the allegation were not aired in the brief court hearing, police said earlier this year that a photographer’s car windscreen was smashed with a rock on July 20 following a conversation between the photographer and Martin.
The photographer had been taking pictures of Martin surfing at Byron Bay’s Seven Mile Beach.
Martin was staying at the famously laid-back resort with his girlfriend, Oscar-winning movie star Gwyneth Paltrow.
Magistrate Chris Bone adjourned the case until November 21.