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Rod Stewart and son plead guilty to battery

By | Published on Tuesday 21 December 2021

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart and his son Sean have pleaded guilty to a charge of ‘simple battery’ related to an incident in the US on New Year’s Eve 2019.

“No one was injured in the incident and a jury did not find Sir Rod Stewart guilty of the accusation”, the musician’s attorney Guy Fronstin tells CNN. “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”.

The incident occurred on 31 Dec 2019, when Stewart and various members of his family were refused entry to a children’s party at the Palm Beach Hotel in Florida.

Video footage showed Sean Stewart push security guard Jesse Dixon before Rod punched him in the chest. Although they initially pleaded not guilty, Stewarts junior and senior reached a plea deal earlier this year in order to avoid going to trial. Neither were in court to submit their guilty plea in person on Friday.

“In resolving the case, Sir Rod Stewart was not convicted, nor sentenced to jail, or placed on probation”, says Fronstin.

Rod Stewart was in the UK this weekend to perform at the annual Royal Variety Performance.