Rod Stewart and Son Plead Guilty To New Year’s Eve Misdemeanor Charges

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Rock singer Rod Stewart, 76, and his son, Sean Stewart, 41, have had an ongoing assault case since their altercation with a security guard at a hotel in Florida on New Year’s Eve of 2019.

The two were accused of being involved in a physical altercation with the security guard, Jessie Dixon, at the exclusive Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach (not far from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort club and residence). Apparently, Dixon had refused to let them in to a private party being held at the hotel.

Witnesses of the assault claimed that Rod punched Dixon in the rib cage with “a closed fist,” according to the report and that Sean shoved him afterward after Dixon didn’t allow their children into the event’s designated children’s area.

As of Monday, May 9, 2022, nearly 2 1/2 years after the initial incident, the father and son duo have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of simple battery.

“No one was injured in the incident and a jury did not find Sir Rod Stewart guilty of the accusation,” Stewart’s attorney Guy Fronstin said in a statement. “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.


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So what does pleading guilty to the case mean? What kind of “unnecessary burden” will the two avoid? Due to the agreement, no trial will be needed for the charge, since it was withheld. Rod and Sean won’t have to appear in court, won’t have to do any jail time, don’t need to pay any fines, and aren’t going to be placed on probation. They’re basically off the hook completely from the whole thing!

Rod lives on Palm Peach part time and spent some of the early pandemic in 2020 quarantining with his family. The rock icon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and 2012 with the 1970s rock band Faces. He’s known for his hits “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy,” “You’re In My Heart,” “Hot Legs” and of course, “Maggie May.”

Do you remember when this case first appeared in 2019? What do you think of how the results of this dispute ended up?