Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee's confusing web of legal hassles got a little less complicated Thursday as the 35-year-old rocker settled a civil suit filed against him by paparazzo he attacked two years ago.

The settlement ends a court battle that will ultimately land Lee in jail: He was put on probation in December after pleading no contest to charges he shoved Henry Trappler to the ground--breaking the photog's pelvis--as the rocker and soon-to-be-ex-wife Pamela Anderson were leaving a Hollywood club in September 1996.

He violated that probation Tuesday when he copped a plea to attacking Anderson back in February. That means he'll get at least six months in the Los Angeles County slammer when he is sentenced May 12.

Terms of Thursday's civil settlement were not disclosed, but Trappler was pleased. "The settlement amount is very reassuring," he told reporters outside L.A.Superior Court. "I went through a horrible ordeal, and I am very happy with the settlement."

Trappler's high-profile attorney, Gloria Allred, told reporters that in addition to injuries that put her client in the hospital for four days, and forced him to use on cane for two months, he also sustained "post-traumatic stress disorder."

It was Allred who seemed to dash Lee's attempt to play peacemaker. As per the settlement, the drummer reportedly tried to extend his hand to Trappler as they left the courtroom, telling him, "See you later, Henry."

At that point, Allred stepped in between the two men, warning Lee to back off. "Nobody touches my client," she said.

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