Rod Stewart and his son have pleaded guilty to assault in an assault case that took place in a New Year’s Eve 2019 altercation with a security guard at an exclusive Florida hotel.
Court records released on Friday (December 17) show that the singer and his son, Sean Stewart, have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of petty battery.
“No one was injured in the incident and the jury did not find Sir Rod Stewart guilty of this accusation,” his attorney, Jay Fronstein, said in a statement. “Instead, Sir Rod Stewart has decided to petition to avoid the inconvenience and undue burden on the Court and the public which a high-level action might cause.”
Stewart, 76, with a raspy voice, is a British member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016. His songs include “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” and “You In My Heart.” and “Hot Legs” and perhaps his most famous song “Maggie May”.
The plea agreement, dated and signed Monday, means Stewart and his son, 41, will not have to appear in court and the official ruling on the charge has been withheld. There will be no trial.
Fronstein said neither would spend any time in prison or be required to pay fines and would not be placed on probation.
The Stewarts were accused of having a physical altercation with security guard Jesse Dixon at the luxury Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach on December 31, 2019. The dispute included Dixon’s refusal to allow them to attend a 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 State Attorney Dave Arronburg, whose office brought the case, said in an email that Dixon agreed with the outcome of the case.