British singer Rod Stewart and his son pleaded guilty to assault in altercation with a security guard in Floridaprosecutors said Friday, though do not face prison or fines.
The 76-year-old pop star, singer of “Maggie May” and many other hits, was charged with assaulting a guard outside a children’s party at The Breakers, a luxurious Palm Beach hotel, in new year’s night 2019.
The incident appears to have occurred when Stewart, his eldest son Sean, and other members of his family including children, They were denied access to the children’s section of the resort.
The singer, recognizable by his husky voice and blond hair, pleaded guilty Monday to simple assault, a misdemeanor usually punishable by a fine.
But nevertheless, the judge ruled out prosecuting Stewart and his son so there will be no formal arrest or criminal consequence, avoiding a long and costly adjudication for the court.
“No one was injured in the incident and the jury did not find Sir Rod Stewart guilty of the charge.“Said the celebrity lawyer Guy Fronstin, in a statement to the news agency AFP.
“Instead, Sir Rod Stewart chose to plead guilty to avoid the inconvenience and unnecessary burden on the court and the public that high-profile prosecutions often cause.”
“In the resolution of the case, Sir Rod Stewart was not convicted, sentenced, or paroled.“Said his lawyer.
Prosecutors told the judge Friday that the victim, Jessie Dixon, had no objection, as confirmed to the AFP a spokesperson for the state attorney’s office.
Stewart counts, among his many hits, songs like “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” or “Sailing,” and has released more than 30 studio albums. He was awarded the knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.
In September 2019, he revealed that he had overcome prostate cancer.
Her son Sean has a history of addiction and legal problems. In 2002, Sean Stewart was arrested for attacking a man outside the Malibu restaurant in a fight interrupted by Superman actor Dean Cain..
In 2015, he was arrested for riding a baggage carousel in the restricted area of the Miami airport.
(With information from AFP)
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Rod Stewart pleaded guilty to assault in an altercation with a Florida security guard