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Rocker Vince Neil drops lawsuit over social media passwords

FILE - In this March 20, 2012 file photo, Vince Neil speaks at a Motley Crue and Kiss tour news conference in Los Angeles. A lawyer for the Motley Crue frontman Neil says the rocker got back his social media passwords after suing a consultant he hired and accusing her of posting online without his consent. Attorney James Kohl confirmed Friday, July 24, 2015, that Kristy Sinsara handed over the passwords and the case was dismissed in early June. (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil got back his social media passwords after suing a consultant he hired to manage the accounts and accusing her of posting online without his consent, a lawyer for the rocker said Friday.

Kristy Sinsara handed over the passwords and the case was dismissed in early June, attorney James Kohl confirmed. The breach-of-contract lawsuit accused Sinsara of holding the passwords hostage and making unauthorized posts.

Sinsara said Friday that Neil had the passwords all along.

In the March lawsuit filed in state court in Las Vegas, Neil said he gave his Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter account passwords to Sinsara, who said she was a social media branding expert and would manage the accounts.

Sinsara offered to manage the profiles for free in exchange for promotion of her book and self-help website, according to court records.

When Neil asked for the passwords in December 2014, Sinsara gave him the one for Twitter but not the others, according to the lawsuit. Later, Sinsara handed over the Facebook password but enabled a security feature allowing access only from her computer, records say.

Sinsara has said it was a misunderstanding. She disputed Friday that the case was dismissed because she handed over the passwords, saying Neil always had access to his accounts.

“I did not give Vince Neil anything he did not already have,” she said Friday in an email, adding that the rock star also could have verified his account directly with Facebook.

The lawsuit turned into a case of who didn’t like whom. It claimed Sinsara kept the passwords from Neil because she didn’t like his girlfriend, Rain Hannah, and suspected Hannah would promote her business ventures on the rocker’s accounts.

Sinsara said the lawsuit was filed because she stood up to Hannah.

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