BRITAIN: Pop star Rod Stewart accused of hitting guard

British pop star, Rod Stewart has been charged for allegedly punching a hotel security guard in the chest outside a children’s party in Florida, according to a police report obtained by US media.
The 74-year-old singer of “Forever Young” and numerous other hits was with his family at The Breakers, a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, on New Year’s Eve when he was refused access to a party in the children’s section of the resort, US media reported on Friday. Stewart was attempting to enter the event with his 39-year-old son Sean and other family members including children, according to the police report.
Stewart’s son, Sean Stewart, has blamed an ‘aggressive’ bouncer who provoked him for starting the scrap that broke out between the guard and his dad on New Year’s Eve.
The 39 year old, alleges that security staff Jessie Dixon(33), was acting aggressively when 74-year-old Rod jumped in for his son and struck the guard in the chest.
The singer, recognisable by his hoarse voice and mop of blond hair was charged with simple battery, a minor offence which is generally punishable by a fine.
His son reportedly faces the same charge. They are scheduled to appear in a Palm Beach court on 5 February 2020. Stewart, whose number-one hits included “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright),” released his 30th studio album in 2018.
In December, he had the number one Christmas album with “You’re in My Heart,” a collection of his classics with new backing from London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2016.