Rod Stewart and son solve Florida hotel assault case
(AP) – Rock icon Rod Stewart and his son have pleaded guilty to assault and battery in an assault case resulting from a 2019 New Years altercation with a security guard at an exclusive Florida hotel.
Court records released Friday show the singer and his son Sean Stewart have pleaded guilty to simple drums charges.
“No one was injured in the incident and a jury did not find Sir Rod Stewart guilty of the charges,” his lawyer Guy Fronstin said in a statement. “Instead, Sir Rod Stewart decided to advocate to avoid the inconvenience and unnecessary burden to the court and the public that a high-profile proceeding would cause.”
The husky-voiced Stewart, 76, is a British member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016. His hits include “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” “You’re In My Heart “,” “Hot Legs” and, possibly her most famous song, “Maggie May”.
The plea agreement, dated and signed Monday, means that Stewart and her son, 41, will not have to appear in court and the official prosecution judgment has been stayed. There will be no trial.
Neither will face jail time or be required to pay fines or be placed on probation, Fronstin said.
The Stewarts were charged with a physical altercation with security guard Jessie Dixon at the luxury Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach on December 31, 2019. The dispute concerned Dixon’s refusal to allow them to attend a private New Years party in the hotel.
Dixon said in court documents Rod Stewart hit him in the rib cage with a closed fist and Sean Stewart pushed him.
A spokesperson for Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg, whose office is pursuing the case, said in an email that Dixon is okay with the outcome of the case.
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