Adam Clayton, bass player with Irish megastar rock band U2, is said to be "upset and in hiding" following a court case in which his personal assistant was jailed for seven years.
Carol Hawkins was jailed by Judge Patrick McCartan at Dublin's Circuit Criminal Court for embezzling 2.8 million euros from Mr Clayton.
U2 are famous for such hits as I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For and Beautiful Day.
But Mr Clayton is said to have been upset by reporting of the case - in particular an article that appeared in UK Irish community weekly, The Irish Post.
The Post's page five article is headed 'Greedy U2 star's thieving PA jailed for seven years.'
Local U2 fan, Larry Bonedge, said: "I bet he's upset and in hiding. There's no evidence in the report to back up the allegation that he's greedy. And I bet he's not greedy. He's a nice man... a top bass player without a hint of greediness about him. Have you heard that bassline on Sweetest Thing? Lovely. Can't be described as greedy at all."
EIF News & Features didn't bother to contact U2's organisation.