November 16, 1990 at 05:00 AM EST

”He’s an absolute gentleman,” insists a spokesman for the West Hollywood luxury apartment complex where Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose lives — and where he was arrested recently for allegedly bashing a female neighbor over the head with a wine bottle. Rose’s record company claims the victim of the alleged attack is an obsessed fan who regularly harasses the moody vocalist. A spokeswoman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Paula Correia, reports the woman went to the emergency room, was treated, and left after two hours, which Correia says indicates ”a minor injury.” As a capper to this sympathetic view, authorities termed Axl a ”model prisoner” during his brief incarceration at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

Rose comes up for arraignment on Nov. 20. If his case goes to trial, however, character witnesses may not include many former neighbors in Laurel Canyon, where he was staying two years ago and where some residents recall him fighting with his wife, Erin. One such fracas resulted in Erin running down the street in the middle of the night, with Axl following close behind in his jeep, shrieking, ”Get back in the house, psycho bitch!” Another evening, during a particularly passionate argument, Erin pitched her wedding ring into the front yard. Axl was out the next morning scouring the shrubbery with a rented metal detector.

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