Lukaku denies LA noise charge
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has denied holding an excessively loud party in Beverley Hills as he was on the verge of a £75million transfer from Everton.
The Premier League footballer, 24, was arrested over an excessive noise complaint after allegedly receiving five verbal warnings from police over a fiveday period.
The Belgium international did not appear in court in Los Angeles yesterday but his lawyer, Robert Humphreys, entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.
Manchester United completed his signing eight days after his arrest by Beverley Hills Police Department officers at around 8pm on July 2 in his temporary residence in the city.
Days after the incident, he shared on Instagram a picture of himself in an apartment in the city with Old Trafford star Paul Pogba.
Commissioner Jane God- frey, overseeing the case, ordered Lukaku to appear at Los Angeles Airport Courthouse on November 21.
After the hearing, city attorney James Eckart said the striker faces both a fine and paying a sum to cover the cost of the police call-outs that occurred over five days.
Lukaku can opt not to appear in person at the hearing and can instead have a lawyer handle the misdemeanour citation on his behalf.