Former 'Glee' star settles sexual assault suit

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Former Glee Star Settles Sexual Assault Suit

Former "Glee" star Mark Salling settled a sexual assault lawsuit this week and the plaintiff is awarded nearly $3 million in damages.

TMZ is reporting that Salling agreed to the settlement earlier this week -- midway through the trial. In the settlement, an allegation of sexual battery was dropped, but the former TV star admitted to negligence.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actor Mark Salling attends the 'Glee' event at the 32nd annual PaleyFest at Dolby Theatre on March 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Actor Mark Salling attends the Republic Records / Big Machine Label Group Grammy Celebration on February 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Republic Records)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Actor Mark Salling attends Entertainment Weekly's celebration honoring the 2015 SAG awards nominees at Chateau Marmont on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Actor Mark Salling attends the Entertainment Weekly celebration honoring nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards at Chateau Marmont on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actos Chris Colfer, Amber Riley and Mark Salling on stage at The Paley Center For Media's 32nd Annual PALEYFEST LA - 'Glee' at Dolby Theatre on March 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
GLEE: (L-R) Chord Overstreet, Lea Michele and Mark Salling. McKinley High alumnae's perform in the second part of the special two-hour 'Loser Like Me/Homecoming' Season Premiere episode of GLEE on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
GLEE: Alumni Puck (Mark Salling, L) and Quinn (Dianna Agron, R) return to McKinley High in the first part of the special two-hour 'Loser Like Me/Homecoming' Season Premiere episode of GLEE on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: (L-R) Actors Lauren Potter, Mark Salling and Chord Overstreet attend Entertainment Weekly's celebration honoring the 2015 SAG awards nominees at Chateau Marmont on January 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 19: Actors Mark Salling (L) and Jenna Ushkowitz arrive at the 4th Annual Celebration Of Dance Gala Presented By The Dizzy Feet Foundation at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on July 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
THERMAL, CA - APRIL 12: (L-R) Actors Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and Mark Salling attend Day 1 of the LACOSTE Beautiful Desert Pool Party on April 12, 2014 in Thermal, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for LACOSTE)
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Here's the back story:

In 2013, TMZ reported that Salling was being sued over an incident in which an ex-fling claimed the actor forced her to have unprotected sex. The suit alleged that Salling wouldn't use a condom but that the sex was consensual.

The victim said she confronted the "Glee" star days later and claimed he knocked her to the ground and injured her knees.

Salling responded by saying that's not how it went down and accused her of attacking him; the injuries, he claimed, were a result of self defense.

Fast forward to this week and someone is paying up for damages, but it isn't Salling. The settlement awards over $700K for medical costs, $1.8 million for pain and suffering and a couple hundred thousand more for non-economic damages -- totaling to almost $3 million.

TMZ reports that the settlement is bizarre because the victim agreed to only seek payment from Salling's insurance company, State Farm -- and the actor will actually get a percentage of the award.

The on-screen bad boy was one of five "Glee" stars to leave Fox's hit show back in 2013 -- around the same time the allegations about the 2011 incident became known. Salling made guest appearances in the fifth and sixth season, though some media outlets claimed his departure from the show was due to his off-screen behavior.

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