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Black Eyed Peas star is wearing a neck brace following his car crash on Wednesday.

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The rapper was driving along a street in Los Angeles with British singer Cheryl Cole in the early hours of the morning when his vehicle smashed into the side of a parked car.

A spokesman for the star initially tried to play down the incident by describing it as a "minor fender-bender" and insisting no one got hurt, but photographs have since emerged showing the pair bloodied and stunned in the aftermath of the crash.

In the images, can be seen with blood streaming down his face after the vehicle's airbag deployed to prevent his head from striking the steering wheel.

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Cole is also shown looking shocked as blood pours out of her nose and over her lips, while the rapper reaches across to comfort her.

Police were called to the scene, and was then taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment. He later emerged wearing a neck brace. Cole was reportedly treated for her injuries at the scene and was not taken to hospital.

Cole is in Los Angeles rehearsing for a solo tour and working on new tracks in a studio with

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