Charges have been dropped against musician Tiki Taane after police opted to settle the controversial case out of court.
Western Bay of Plenty police Inspector Karl Wright-St Clair said last night that Mr Taane's arrest resulted from a misunderstanding, and that police now respected his right to express himself as an entertainer.
"At the time the police believed the lyrics sung by Mr Taane could inflame the situation after security removed a patron from the nightclub. After the mediation meeting the police are now clear that this was not his intention."
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