Prince Files Countersuit Against Assault-Alleging Fan

The artist denies assault, alleges violation of privacy, copyright law.

Prince has filed a counterclaim against a fan who wanted some of his extra time.

The artist has filed a countersuit against fan Anthony Fitzgerald, who sued Prince in April (see "For The Record: Quick News On Jessica Simpson And Donald Trump, Beyonce, Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Prince & More"). Fitzgerald claimed the artist told one of his bodyguards to attack him in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Prince's suit denies Fitzgerald's claims and alleges that Fitzgerald invaded the artist's privacy and violated trademark and copyright law. Prince seeks at least $50,000 in damages, according to The Associated Press.

Fitzgerald's suit, filed in April, alleges he was assaulted on December 29, and that his digital camera was confiscated after he succeeded in getting a photo of Prince as he got off his plane. The lawsuit reportedly sought damages of at least $50,000.