23 October 2021

Rod Stewart’s plea deal over Florida assault charges collapses leaving him facing trial in New year

23 October 2021

A plea deal between Sir Rod Stewart and Florida prosecutors has fallen through, meaning he and his adult son are again scheduled to stand trial on charges they attacked a security guard during a New Year’s Eve party nearly two years ago.

Neither Sir Rod nor his son, Sean, were present when Judge August Bonavita announced that a hearing in which a deal was expected to be finalised had been cancelled.

The pair are now scheduled to stand trial on battery charges on January 25.

Veteran singer Sir Rod Stewart is made a Knights Batchelor (Jonathan Brady/PA) (PA Archive)

It is at least the second time a deal has fallen through in the case, which has also been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Stewarts face a maximum penalty of a year in jail, although such a lengthy term would be unlikely.

Neither prosecutors nor defence attorney Guy Fronstin immediately responded to calls and emails seeking comment.

The Stewarts got into a tussle at The Breakers Hotel with security guard Jessie Dixon on December 31, 2019, not long before midnight, police have said.

They said the Stewarts were part of a group that tried to enter a private event in a children’s area at the posh hotel, but were not allowed.

The group, which included children, created a scene and would not leave, police said.

Dixon intervened and Sean Stewart, 41, “got in his face”, according to the police report.

Dixon told officers he put the back of his right hand on the younger Stewart’s chest and asked him to back up. Security video showed Sean Stewart then shoving Dixon and Sir Rod, 76, punching him in the ribs.

Sir Rod is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His greatest hits include Maggie May, Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? and Tonight’s The Night.

He was knighted in 2016.

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