Rod Stewart Ordered to Pay for Nixed Show

A federal jury decided Wednesday that Rod Stewart (search) should pay a Las Vegas casino $2 million plus interest for a canceled show in December 2000.

The seven-member jury found unanimously that Stewart should not have kept an advance he was paid for the show at the Rio Hotel Casino (search).

The 60-year-old Stewart, who was not in U.S. District Court when the verdict was reached, had said he was unable to perform because of throat surgery several months earlier.

One of his lawyers, Kerry Garvis Wright (search), said the rock star will appeal.

Steve Morris, a lawyer for the Rio Hotel Casino and its parent company, Harrah's Entertainment, said he was "delighted and relieved" by the verdict.