Fired LSU band director Roy King to have suit handled in federal court _lowres

Photo by RACHEL SALTZBERG -- LSU Tiger Marching Band Director Roy King spends a moment with band members before halftime during the 2014 football season.

Without any admission of fault or liability, LSU paid $110,000 to settle a lawsuit by former LSU Tiger Marching Band director Roy King, according to the settlement agreement released by the university Friday.

LSU, which fired King in April 2016 following an internal probe, agreed to pay the former Golden Band from Tigerland director $10,000 for lost wages and $63,333 for personal and bodily injuries.

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said the settlement represents a year's salary that King was entitled to pursuant to university policy.

The school paid another $36,666 to King's lawyer, Jill Craft, for attorney's fees.

King and Craft agreed in the settlement pact not to initiate contact with the media.

Federal court records show Craft filed a motion April 28 asking Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson to dismiss King's lawsuit because the parties had resolved the matter. Jackson approved the request May 8.

LSU and King both said Thursday they were satisfied with the settlement. King, who directed the Golden Band from Tigerland from 2010 until his firing, also said he's looking forward to moving on with his life.

King alleged in his suit that LSU violated his First Amendment and due process rights. He also accused the university of defamation, libel and slander. The school denied those allegations.

LSU accused King of circumventing management directives by awarding scholarships to members of the Golden Girls dance team and flag girls of the color guard without proper approval, but Craft has said King's supervisors signed off on every recommendation he made for the scholarships.

The university also alleged King could not account for $5,000-plus in missing school funds, but Craft said a School of Music employee acknowledged the missing cash was the employee's fault.

King claimed his termination resulted from him refusing to go along with redirecting a $50,000 contribution from supporting the band to paying for programs in the School of Music. LSU has denied Craft's assertion that King's firing was a "money grab" by the Music School.

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