Rod Stewart expects to avoid a trial for allegedly beating a security guard and delivering a Nazi salute at a fancy Florida resort, a court heard today.
75-year-old Sir Rod and his 40-year-old son Sean could spend a year in prison and a year on probation if they are convicted of assaulting 33-year-old Jessie Dixon at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach.
But defense attorney Guy Fronstin today asked a judge for a 45-day window to negotiate with prosecutors to avoid the Maggie May singer's trial in the United States.
"All the indications are that this can be fixed without a trial, but there is still some work to be done," Fronstin told the Palm Beach County Courthouse over a Zoom call.
Rod Stewart expects to skip the trial for allegedly beating a security guard and delivering a Nazi salute at a fancy Florida resort, a court heard today. 75-year-old Sir Rod and his 40-year-old son Sean (pictured in LA in 2015) could spend a year in prison and a year on probation if they were charged with assaulting 33-year-old Jessie Dixon at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach to be judged
The incident was triggered when Stewart and his large group were denied access to the children's area at Breakers Palm Beach Resort in Florida on New Year's Eve
Stewart appears to be holding an ironic Nazi salute (pictured left and right) with his right arm outstretched high above his head while forming a mustache with his left index finger, a la John Cleese in Fawlty Towers
Judge August Bonavita agreed to postpone the case until December 4 so that both sides can close a deal that will see Stewart paying a refund to Dixon (pictured), who has never spoken publicly about the nighttime dust cloud
Judge August Bonavita agreed to postpone the case until December 4, so that both sides can strike a deal where Stewart will likely reimburse Dixon, who has never spoken publicly about the nighttime dust cloud.
Fronstin did not return a call from DailyMail.com thereafter, asking for more details about the negotiations.
Sir Rod owns a $ 30 million beachfront mansion near Palm Beach, but he and his wife Penny Lancaster, 49, have isolated themselves at their home in the UK during the Covid-19 outbreak.
According to a police affidavit, the pop legend became enraged and hit Dixon after he and his family were banned from attending a private children's party on New Year's Eve.
After the group "started getting loud and creating a scene", Sean Stewart got "nose to nose" with the security guard and allegedly bumped him.
Dixon responded by placing a hand on Sean's chest, but the movement caused his famous father to punch Dixon in the rib, the complaint claims.
Sir Rod told police that Dixon was "argumentative" but then apologized.
Two hotel employees saw the blow and video footage showed that he and his son were the "main attackers," the complaint adds.
The party is stopped by a companion at the table, as the footage shows, but Stewart ignores the employee and struts around as if he were on a concert stage. Then he slips behind his companion and acts like a gorilla trying to grab her. As soon as she turns around, he only stands with his hands in his pockets as if he had done nothing (picture)
Footage, obtained and released exclusively by DailyMail.com a few weeks after the fight, revealed that Sir Rod performed what appeared to be a Nazi salute before beating Dixon (pictured)
Stewart can be seen with fans at the Breakers Hotel the night the fight ended. Stewart and his 40-year-old son Sean were arrested and charged on a simple battery, an offense that could land them in prison for up to a year
Footage, exclusively sourced and released from DailyMail.com a few weeks after the fight, revealed that Sir Rod was performing what appeared to be a Nazi salute before beating Dixon.
His wife and their two boys, 14-year-old Alastair and 8-year-old Aiden, were standing nearby when the musician in a glittering golden lamb jacket raised his right arm high above his head and put his left hand over his mouth to imitate a mustache.
The gesture seemed to be in response to Dixon, who ordered the children to leave a playground.
"It is obvious Rod would not interfere until he felt his son was in danger," a source in Stewart's camp told DailyMail.com after the footage was released in February.
Rod was just trying to defend his boy. No jury in Florida will convict him for it. "
However, if Fronstin, the Stewarts' high profile attorney, hits a deal, the simple battery offense will never appear before a jury.
He has represented suspects in high profile cases including the case of John Goodman, a polo club owner who killed a teenage boy in a DUI accident, Michael Dippolito, the husband of a woman who tried to pay an assassin to get him but ended up hiring an undercover cop and Karyn Turk, a former Florida woman convicted of stealing her dying mother's social security checks.
Fronstin previously called the incident a "misunderstanding".
"This is an unfortunate situation," he said. “I'm just glad no one was hurt. It was all a big misunderstanding. & # 39;
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