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NASHVILLE (AP) ? Fourteen former Nashville Kats cheerleaders who claimed they were videotaped with a hidden camera as they changed clothes in a dressing room received $762,500 in a settlement with the firm that runs the arena.

Terms of the December 2004 agreement were made public Friday, according to The Tennessean newspaper, which fought for access to details of the settlement.

The 14 cheerleaders for the arena football team filed a $13 million lawsuit against two men accused of secretly videotaping them undressing and in ?other private acts.? The lawsuit also named Powers Management, which employed the men, and the NHL Nashville Predators as defendants.

Powers Management runs the Gaylord Entertainment Center, the city-owned arena where the Kats play, and the company is owned by Predators owner Craig Leipold.

In addition to the cash payment, Powers Management agreed to issue a formal apology, pay court costs and hire a security firm to help devise a policy on video surveillance.

"We believe the agreement was totally fair to my clients," said attorney Bill Ramsey. "Their goal all along was to put something in place to make sure this could never happen again."

Powers Management fought against release of the settlement details, arguing that, as a private entity, it was not bound by the state's open records law.

The Tennessean filed suit seeking access to the agreement, arguing that Powers Management was performing the functional equivalent of a government agency in its management of the publicly owned arena.