Rod Stewart charged with criminal battery
Rod Stewart has been charged by police after an alleged altercation involving his son Sean at a hotel in Florida. A police document released in the US accused the rock star of punching a security guard on New Year’s Eve after he and his companions, including Sean, attempted to get in to a private party in a children’s area at the Breakers Palm Beach hotel.
The hotel’s security guard, named as Jessie Dixon, told officers that he had seen a group of people near the check-in table of the private event trying to enter without authorisation.
The affidavit claimed that Stewart, 74, and his group “began to get loud and cause a scene, and refused to follow [Dixon’s] instructions to leave”.
Dixon alleged that Sean Stewart, 39, had got “about nose to nose” with him when he told him to step back and create some space.
The security guard claimed Sean Stewart shoved him backwards after he put the back of his right hand on his chest, and that his father then stepped towards him and punched him in the ribs.
The arresting officer wrote in the police report that Rod Stewart stated that he and his family had wanted the children in their group gain access, and that Dixon then became argumentative with them.
According to the report, the singer “apologised for his behaviour in the incident”.
The affidavit also refers to accounts by two witnesses, both of whom are employed by the hotel, who said they saw Sean Stewart push Dixon and the singer punch him in the chest.
The arresting officer describes Stewart and his son as “primary aggressors” in the document, and says he assessed footage taken from video cameras at the hotel.
Both men were arrested, and the singer was charged with simple battery. He has been issued a notice to appear at the Palm Beach county criminal justice complex on 5 February.
His representatives have been contacted for comment.
Breakers Palm Beach Hotel