Rock superstar Sir Rod Stewart and his son have pleaded guilty to battery in an assault case stemming from an altercation with a security guard at an exclusive Florida hotel on New Year’s Eve 2019.
Court records released on Friday show the singer and his son Sean Stewart entered guilty pleas to misdemeanour charges of simple battery.
‘No one was injured in the incident and a jury did not find Sir Rod Stewart guilty of the accusation,’ his lawyer Guy Fronstin said in a statement.
‘Instead, Sir Rod Stewart decided to enter a plea to avoid the inconvenience and unnecessary burden on the court and the public that a high-profile proceeding would cause.’
Sir Rod, 76, is a member of the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was knighted by the Queen in 2016.
His hits include Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, You’re In My Heart, Hot Legs and Maggie May, and he recently hit headlines for declaring that only triple-vaccinated guests would be welcome at his Christmas party this year.
The plea agreement, dated and signed on Monday, means Sir Rod and his son, 41, will not have to appear in court and formal adjudication of the charge was withheld. There will be no trial.
Neither will do any jail time or be required to pay fines and they will not be placed on probation, Mr Fronstin said.
The Stewarts were accused of a physical altercation with security guard Jessie Dixon at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach on December 31, 2019.
The dispute involved Mr Dixon’s refusal to allow them into a private party at the hotel.
He said in court papers that the elder Stewart punched him in the rib cage with a closed fist and Sean Stewart shoved him.
A spokesperson for Palm Beach state attorney Dave Aronberg, whose office prosecuted the case, said in an email that Mr Dixon agreed with the outcome of the case.
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