British boyband star Lee Ryan has been told he faces up to two years in jail, if found guilty of assaulting two photographers outside a London nightclub.

The BLUE star yesterday (10MAR04) pleaded guilty to criminal damage at London's HORSEFERRY ROAD MAGISTRATES COURT after a bust up with two snappers outside the capital's swanky 10 ROOMS club last December (03) - but he denied other charges of attacking the photographers and damaging a second camera.

Ryan is alleged to have agreed to pose for some pictures if the paparazzi left him alone - but one allegedly followed him and continued to take pictures. The singer then allegedly kicked the cameraman, smashing a $540 (GBP300) lens. He is then accused of attacking the second photographer, causing more damage.

Ryan was release on unconditional bail until a further hearing in May (04).

A spokesperson for the star says, "Lee will vigorously deny the outstanding charges and maintains he is completely innocent."

11/03/2004 02:36