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Soccer coach settles case against photographer

A former model turned soccer coach has resolved his federal court match with a Washington-based professional photographer accused of posting online nude photos of the coach amid a business dispute.

A federal judge threw out the photographer’s counterclaims in March, saying the extensive documents and pleadings he submitted revealed he had no case against Lynchburg soccer coach Jimmy Tharpe.

Tharpe’s suit against photographer “Rudy K” Lawidjaja survived the judge’s decision, but complications ensued. Lawidjaja’s third lawyer wanted out of the case. Lawidjaja balked at a discovery request for financial records.

The court scheduled a settlement conference with U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Ballou on Thursday, with Lawidjaja under order to appear in person.

“As a result of the mediation proceedings held on May 29, 2014, I hereby report that the parties settled this matter on mutually agreeable terms,” Ballou said in a notation on the court’s online docket Friday.

The settlement agreement included a confidentiality clause, said Tharpe’s attorney, Robert C. Wood III of Lynchburg, as he declined further comment.

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