A legal row over the pull out by US rap star Eminem from a planned gig at Slane Castle has been settled at the High Court.

The settlement means the rapper will not now have to give evidence on oath before a US court about the circumstances of his withdrawal from the gig, which had been scheduled for 17 September 2005.

The settlement of the action brought by concert promoter MCD was announced to Ms Justice Mary Finlay Geoghegan at the Commercial Court, the commercial division of the High Court.  The action was struck out, but no details of the settlement were disclosed.

Last March, Mr Justice Peter Kelly had directed that a letter be issued to the US courts requesting them to direct Eminem to give evidence on oath to a US district court about the circumstances of his withdrawal.

MCD had sued three UK insurance companies, seeking €1.5m over their failure to pay it after the cancellation of the gig, due to what the singer's manager described as the rapper's 'exhaustion'.

The three London based insurance companies, Liberty Syndicate Management Ltd, trading as Liberty Syndicates LIB44722 at Lloyds, Brit Insurance Ltd and Markel International Ltd, were resisting the claim.