Rock icon Rod Stewart and his son have pleaded guilty to assault in a sexual assault case arising from a New Year’s Eve 2019 altercation with a security guard at an exclusive Florida hotel.
Court records released Friday show that the singer and his son Sean Stewart have pleaded guilty to a crime.
“No one was injured in the incident and a jury has found Sir Rod Stewart not guilty of the charge,” his lawyer Guy Fronstin said in a statement. “Instead, Sir Rod Stewart decided to make a plea to avoid the inconvenience and undue burden to courts and the public that a high-profile proceeding would cause.”
The raspy 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, probably his most famous song, ‘Maggie May’.
The plea deal, dated and signed on Monday, means Stewart and his son, 41, will not have to appear in court and the formal verdict of the charges has been withheld. There will be no trial.
Neither will serve any jail time or have to pay fines and will not 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 Dec. 31, 2019. The dispute involved Dixon’s refusal to allow them to attend a private New Year’s Eve party at the hotel.
Dixon said in court papers that Rod Stewart punched him in the rib cage with a closed fist and that Sean Stewart pushed him.
A spokesman for Palm Beach attorney Dave Aronberg, whose office was pursuing the case, said in an email that Dixon agreed with the outcome of the case.