Rod Stewart pleads guilty in assault case - but he won't be jailed or fined

  • 18/12/2021
Here's why he isn't going to be appearing in court.
Here's why he isn't going to be appearing in court. Photo credit: Getty Images.

Rockstar Sir Rod Stewart and his son have pleaded guilty to battery in an assault case - but they won't be jailed, nor fined or even appear in court.

The case dates back to New Year's Eve 2019, when Sir Rod and his son Sean attempted to enter a private party at a hotel at Palm Beach, Florida.

According to a police report, a scuffle broke out after a security guard refused to allow the family into the event. Sean was accused of pushing the guard while Sir Rod, a British music icon and the former husband of New Zealand model Rachel Hunter, was thought to have struck the man's chest with a "closed fist".

Nearly two years on, the pair have pleaded guilty 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," the singer's lawyer Guy Fronstin said.

"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."

That means there won't be any trial and the pair won't have to appear in court as a formal adjudication of the charge was withheld. As a result, they won't do any jail time, pay any fines or be placed on probation. 

It's reported that the security guard, Jessie Dixon, is satisfied with the outcome.