Romelu Lukaku escapes jail time, ordered to pay 450 US dollars
Manchester United striker, Romelu Lukaku will avoid the prospect of jail time by compensating police in Los Angeles for their repeated call-outs over loud parties in the summer.
Police revealed they had received five noise complaints at a Beverly Hills residence where he was staying which led to the arrested the 24-year-old.
The parties were held while Lukaku was on the verge of a £75million transfer to the Old Trafford club from Everton.
The Manchester United striker will now pay 450 US dollars (£340) as part of the deal which will see the charge reduced from a misdemeanour which could have carried a maximum sentence of six months in jail or a 1,000 dollar fine, a Los Angeles court was told on Tuesday.
Commissioner Jane Godfrey, overseeing the case, said: “They are reaching a disposition in this case that the first thing that must happen is the defendant must pay Beverly Hills Police Department 450 dollars for multiple response calls.”
The city will then reduce the charge to a disturbance of the peace infraction, which carries a 100 dollar (£76) fine plus other costs and penalties, she said.
James Eckart, for the city, and Lukaku’s lawyer Robert Humphreys accepted the arrangement.