Sir Rod Stewart pleads ‘Not Guilty’ for his altercation with a security guard in Florida


Rod and his son Sean will not be facing trial

Rock legend Rod Stewart and his son Sean Stewart have reached a plea deal for settling the misdemeanor battery charges that happened from an altercation with a security guard she they were staying at a hotel in Florida’s The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach during New Year’s Day 2020.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have announced that Stewart and Sean will not be facing trial for the altercation, as reported by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Further terms weren’t released.

Stewart, 76, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has delivered hits like “Maggie May” and “Tonight’s the Night.” The London-born rockstar was granted knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.

The incident

Rod Stewart

The case happened after security guard Jessie Dixon complained to the police that Stewart and his family were at the check-in table for a private party that they didn’t have the authorization to attend. He continued by saying that Stewart and his group started getting loud and caused a scene. He said that he put a hand on Sean’s chest and told him to back up and make space, but that didn’t go well with Sean who shoved Dixon backwards.

He then said that Rod punched him in his left rib cage area with a closed fist. The police report stated that Sean said he became agitated “due to Dixon’s interaction with him and his family.”

Where does the blame lie?

Rod Stewart

Palm Beach officer Stephen Mancino said that he had viewed security footage of the incident and confirmed that the Stewarts were the primary aggressors and laid hands on Dixon first. Two employees at the hotel also said that they saw Sean pushing the security guard and Rod punching him.

Dixon later signed an affidavit saying he wanted to press charges against them.

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