British rock icon Sir Rod Stewart and his son, Sean, pleaded guilty to one count each of simple battery after being involved in an assault case during a New Year’s Eve party in 2019.
While at the luxury Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, Sean “got about ‘nose to nose’ distance” from a security guard’s face before shoving him.
It was reported that the security guard, Jessie Dixon, refused the duo entry into a private New Year’s Eve party at the hotel.
Court papers noted that Stewart punched Dixon in the rib cage with a closed fist before Sean shoved him.
According to hotel camera footage revealed from the incident, Stewart, and his son were the “primary aggressors,” reported CNN on Saturday (Dec 18), citing a Palm Beach Police Department probable cause affidavit.
Although Stewart and his son did not appear in court on Friday (Dec 17), they both pleaded guilty “in absentia.”
They were also ordered to pay $675 (S$923) each in court fines.
“No one was injured in the incident, and a jury did not find Sir Rod Stewart guilty of the accusation. 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,” said Stewart’s attorney, Guy Fronstin.
“In resolving the case, Sir Rod Stewart was not convicted, nor sentenced to jail, or placed on probation,” he added.
An email confirmed that Dixon has agreed with the case’s outcome, reported Guardian.
The 76-year-old singer and member of the US Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.
Some of Stewart’s greatest hits include Da Ya Think I’m Sexy, Have I Told You Lately and Downtown Train. /TISG