06/02/2004 at 03:00 PM EDT
Good news for Sean "P. Diddy" Combs: A North Carolina Court of Appeals has overturned a court order requiring the music mogul and Broadway star to pay $450,000 to a limo driver who claimed he was beaten by Combs's bodyguards in June 1995, the Associated Press reports.
The 9-year-old lawsuit was first brought by Cedrick Bobby Lemon, who said he was beaten by guards who were hired by Combs to protect R&B Mary J. Blige at a Joel Coliseum concert in Winston-Salem. (At the time, Combs was Blige's manager.)
According to legal papers, Lemon had a pass that permitted him to stand backstage. But when two bodyguards attempted to clear that area in order to escort Blige from the coliseum after her concert, they punched Lemon in the head, kicked him in the back and broke his right ankle, said the suit, which blamed Combs for allegedly failing to provide proper training to the bodyguards.
The legal documents go on to say Lemon ran up $14,400 in medical bills and was rendered unable to drive or engage in sports because he is "permanently impaired from running and jumping."
Lemon's attorney, Howard C. Jones, tells AP that his client has not decided whether to pursue an appeal.
There has been no comment from Combs, 34, who is currently starring in the Tony-nominated revival of A Raisin in the Sun.