Vince Neil pleads guilty
Motley Crue singer Vince Neil will plead guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge, pay a $1,000 fine and avoid trial on allegations that he poked his ex-girlfriend in a confrontation last March at a Las Vegas resort lounge, his lawyer said Monday.
A more serious misdemeanor charge of battery constituting domestic violence will be dropped against Neil when the 50-year-old rocker enters his plea next Monday in Las Vegas Justice Court, defense attorney David Chesnoff. He said the allegation of physical contact would be dismissed.
“Mr. Neil is sorry he raised his voice,” Chesnoff said.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported Monday that Clark County District Attorney David Roger also confirmed the agreement. Roger did not immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.
Neil, who lives in Las Vegas, could have faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted on each charge. He was accused of poking the chest of Las Vegas entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs in a casino comedy club March 24, and of cursing and pointing at Jacobs and two friends sitting with her. Jacobs told the AP she was glad Neil was taking responsibility for his actions. “I’m glad the story is over and the book is closed,” she said.
Jacobs had told police she received a bruise from the finger-poke, which she said came just weeks after she and Neil ended a seven-month relationship. Jacobs has previously given her age to reporters and police as 39 and 45. She declined Monday to correct her age.
The two other people named as victims in the confrontation, Wayne Newton’s sister-in-law and publicist Patricia McCrone, 41, and Las Vegas Sun entertainment columnist John Katsilometes, 45, said they were glad the case was being resolved.
Neil is the front man for a four-member heavy metal band known for bad behavior, hard partying, famous girlfriends and hard-driving hits from the late 1980s like “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Dr. Feelgood.” He also owns tattoo shops and two bars in Las Vegas, including one at the Las Vegas Hilton where the Shimmer Cabaret comedy club confrontation took place.
Neil served 10 days in the Clark County jail in February for driving drunk in his black Lamborghini in June 2010 near the Las Vegas Strip. He also was fined $585 and ordered to serve 15 days on house arrest as part of a plea deal that avoided trial in that case.