WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A Florida judge has called off the trial of rock icon Rod Stewart and his adult son and has scheduled a hearing next month to discuss a plea deal to resolve the charges arising from a New Year’s altercation with a hotel security guard nearly two years ago.
Court records show that the hearing with Judge August Bonavita is set for October 22 regarding a plea deal to close the case without them needing to appear in court. The trial was scheduled to start on Tuesday but was called off Thursday.
If found guilty, the Stewarts faced up to a year in prison or probation and a $ 1,000 fine. The terms of the deal are not yet clear, and lawyer Guy Fronstin has not responded to an email or phone call seeking comment.
The Stewarts’ battery charges have been slow to resolve due to the pandemic and settlement negotiations.
The London-born singer of 70s hits such as “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” and “Maggie May” is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.
Stewart and her son are accused of pushing and pushing security guard Jessie Dixon at the upscale The Breakers hotel on December 31, 2019, because he allegedly wouldn’t let them attend a New Years party.
Dixon told police in Palm Beach that Stewart’s group were at the check-in table for a private party they weren’t allowed to attend, according to a police report.
Dixon said the group got loud and started to cause a scene. Dixon, then 33, told investigators he put his hand on young Stewart’s chest and told him to step back and make room.
It was then that Sean Stewart, the son of the rock star, found himself “nose to nose” with Dixon.
Sean Stewart, now 41, then pushed Dixon back. Rod Stewart, now 76, punched Dixon in his “left rib cage area” with a closed fist, prosecutors said.
Sean Stewart told investigators he became agitated when they were unable to attend the event “due to Dixon’s interaction with him and his family.”
Two Breakers employees who were working on the private event told police they saw Sean Stewart push Dixon and Rod Stewart punch the guard.
The arresting officer said he viewed security footage at the hotel and determined that the Stewarts were the “main attackers.”