Police drop damage charge against Coldplay frontman

Australian police have dropped a malicious damage charge against Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin.

Australian police have dropped a malicious damage charge against Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin.

Martin, 26, was charged following an argument with a photographer on July 20 in the east coast resort town of Byron Bay.

Police said at the time that the photographer's car windscreen was smashed with a rock.

It is unclear why the charge was dropped, but lawyers for the singer had applied at an earlier hearing to have the case dismissed.

Martin was not present at Byron Bay Magistrates Court when police dropped the charge and magistrate Jeff Linden dismissed the case.

At the time of the incident, Martin was in Byron Bay with his girlfriend, Gwyneth Paltrow, to perform at a music festival.

Police originally said the singer was surfing at Byron Bay's Seven Mile Beach and later confronted a photographer who had taken photos of him.

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