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Napster's Sean Parker in $2.5m wedding venue settlement

Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas. File photo
Image caption Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas held a lavish wedding over the weekend

US entrepreneur Sean Parker has agreed to pay $2.5m (£1.6m) for building a huge wedding venue in an ecologically sensitive area of California.

The 33-year-old Napster co-founder and former Facebook president reached the settlement with the California Coastal Commission.

This comes after Mr Parker had built the movie-set-like wedding site near the state's famous redwoods in Big Sur.

He spent $10m on the wedding last weekend to singer Alexandra Lenas.

Mr Parker reportedly built a cottage, fake ruins, ponds and a special dance floor for the wedding.

He later agreed that the building works had been done without proper permits from the state, according to Associated Press news agency.

In a statement, Coastal Commission executive director Charles Lester said that "Mr Parker has been extremely co-operative... to reach this resolution".

Mr Parker, whose net worth is estimated to be $2.1bn, also reportedly asked his wedding guests to make donations to local conservation charities.

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