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U2 bassist Adam Clayton in court battle over flat

U2 star Adam Clayton wants a New York court to stop his former personal assistant from attempting to sell an apartment in the city which she bought for $465,000 in 2007, Dublin’s High Court heard yesterday.

The move arises out of earlier proceedings by the musician, in which he obtained an order freezing the assets of Carol Hawkins over allegations she had misappropriated sums of the bassist's money to acquire a number of assets including the apartment.

Ms Hawkins, of Crannagh Road, Dublin 14, was ordered by the court in December not to reduce her assets below €1.8m. That order was continued in January until further notice.

The court yesterday heard her main asset was the apartment she bought in 2007 without a mortgage. On March 22, the management company of the apartment complex had an €11,000 charge on it over unpaid service fees.

The court heard that as a result of this Mr Clayton was now going to apply in New York for an order freezing the apartment.

The case was adjourned for two weeks.

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