Rod Stewart and his son's trial date to resolve charges stemming from an altercation with a security guard at a New Year's event has been rescheduled with a plea deal hearing, reports the Daily Mail.
Rod and Sean Stewart were expected to plead no contest to the charge of simple battery. They were facing a year in jail, or probation and a $1,000 fine, the Associated Press revealed.
Judge August Bonavita is expected to sign off on the deal and close the case on Oct. 22 at a hearing that neither Rod nor Sean Stewart will be expected to appear at.
"A resolution that's acceptable to all parties has been reached," Fronstin told the Daily Mail, adding that jail time for his clients would have no positive impact on society. Probation for Rod and Sean Stewart has not yet been ruled out as part of the plea deal, Frostin noted, though this is yet to be negotiated.
Commenting on the court decision, Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said: "Our mission is to uphold the law, regardless of socio-economic or celebrity status. My prosecutors based their decisions in this case, as all other cases, solely on the facts and the law."
The incident took place at The Breakers Palm Beach on Dec. 31, 2019. Rod and Sean Stewart arrived at the venue with a group for a private party but tensions arose when security guard Jessie Dixon, who was standing at the check-in table, informed them that they were not authorized to be there, according to a police report.
At one point Sean Stewart allegedly shoved Dixon backward and Rod Stewart punched Dixon in his "left rib cage area." Sean Stewart later told investigators that he grew agitated after his group was not able to attend the party "due to Dixon’s interaction with him and his family."
The arresting official who viewed security footage determined that Rod and Sean Stewart were the "primary aggressors."
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