Rod Stewart reaches plea deal for Florida altercation

Rod Stewart reaches plea deal for Florida altercation

Rod Stewart reaches plea deal for battery after the rock star ‘punched a security guard in the ribs and made a Nazi salute while partying on New Year’s Eve’ at a luxury hotel in Florida

  • Sir Rod Stewart, 76, and son Sean, 40, have reached a plea deal to settle battery charges with a security guard at a luxury hotel in Florida on New Year’s Eve 2019
  • Prosecutors said on Friday that the rock star and his son would not go to trial  over the altercation at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach 
  • Footage of the incident with security guard Jesse Dixon, 33, showed the singer doing a mock Nazi salute while wearing a gold lame jacket before  the attack 
  • The terms of the plea deal have not been publicly released 
  • Stewart is a member of the RocknRoll Hall of Fame and was knighted by the Queen in 2016
  • He has eight children, who range in age from 9 to 58 

Sir Rod Stewart and his son have reached a plea deal to settle battery charges stemming from an altercation with a security guard at a luxury Florida hotel on New Year’s Eve. 

On Friday, prosecutors and defense attorneys announced that the 76-year-old rockstar and son, Sean Stewart, 40, would not be going to trial for the altercation at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach on New Year’s Eve 2019.

The terms of the agreement were not released to the public, but it brings to an end a very public, year-long legal battle in which Stewart, a member of the RocknRoll Hall of Fame who was knighted by the Queen in 2016, was accused of punching guard Jesse Dixon, 33, in the stomach and performing a Nazi salute whilst wearing a gold lame jacket.    

The musician (pictured on the night of the alleged fight), 76, and his son Sean, 40, have reached a plea agreement over battery following an alleged incident involving security guard Jesse Dixon at a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, Florida on New Year’s Eve 2019

Footage of the incident, obtained and published exclusively by DailyMail.com several weeks after the fight, revealed that Sir Rod performed what appeared to be a mock Nazi salute before thumping Dixon


Stewart appears to perform an ironic Nazi salute (pictured left and right) with his right arm extended high above his head while he formed a moustache with his left hand

Pictured is security guard Jesse Dixon, 33, who claimed that he was punched by Rod Stewart after he denied him access to a private event to which he was reportedly not invited

The rockstar was accused of the charges alongside his son Sean, 40, pictured together in Los Angeles in 2015

The alleged incident took place at The Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Florida

The incident started on New Year’s Eve 2019, when security guard Dixon told police that Stewart and his family were at the check-in table for a private party that they weren’t authorized to attend.

Dixon said the group became loud and began causing a scene.

Dixon told investigators he put his hand on the younger Stewart’s chest and told him to back up and make space, the report said. 

That’s when Sean Stewart, the rock star’s 40-year-old son, got ‘nose to nose’ with Dixon, he claimed. 

Footage of the incident, obtained and published exclusively by DailyMail.com several weeks after the fight, revealed that Sir Rod performed what appeared to be a mock Nazi salute before thumping Dixon.

His wife and their two sons, 14-year-old Alastair and Aiden, eight, were standing nearby as the musician, wearing a glittering gold lame jacket, raised his right arm high above his head and placed his left hand above his mouth – appearing to imitate a moustache.   

Sean Stewart then shoved Dixon backwards.

Rod Stewart punched Dixon in his ‘left rib cage area’ with a closed fist, a police report said.

The police report said Sean Stewart told investigators he became agitated when they were not able to attend the event ‘due to Dixon´s interaction with him and his family.’ 

Rod Stewart, pictured on Instagram, is a rockstar known for his hits ‘Maggie May’ and ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’

On January 11 2020, days after the alleged incident, Stewart is seen leaving The Ritz after celebrating his 75th birthday 

Palm Beach officer Stephen Mancino said he viewed security footage at the hotel and determined that the Stewarts were the ‘primary aggressors.’

Two Breakers employees who were working the private event told police they saw Sean Stewart push Dixon and Rod Stewart punch the guard.

Dixon signed an affidavit saying that he wanted to press charges against the Stewarts.  

Stewart has married three times and has eight children. He is pictured receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 alongside his third wife Penny Lancaster, who he married in 2007, as well as children Kimberley Stewart, Sean Stewart, Ruby Stewart and Liam McAllister

Stewart married third wife Penny Lancaster back in 2007 and the couple share sons Alastair, 15, and Aiden, nine.

He is also dad to six other children; sons Sean, 40, and Liam, 26, and daughters Kimberly, 41, Ruby, 33, Renee, 28, and Sarah Streeter, 58.

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