Thursday, July 28, 2016
Former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has plead not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor battery in an alleged incident in Las Vegas, NV on April 7.
Neil is accused of dragging an autograph seeker to the ground by her hair during a lunch with actor Nicolas Cage at the Aria Hotel.
At the time, TMZ reported that the alleged altercation was caught on surveillance video from inside the hotel and reviewed by police before charges were laid.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Neil’s attorney, David Chesnoff, entered the plea on behalf of the rocker during a brief arraignment hearing on Wednesday.
“We’re going to do our own investigation, which we’ve already started,” said Chesnoff. “As always, I ask people not to prejudge situations until all the facts come in and we understand the totality of the circumstances.”
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Cynthia Cruz set a trial date for September 19; Neil could face a maximum sentence of six months in jail if convicted, according to local police.
Neil is being sued for $75,000 by a California woman involved in the alleged assault.
Registered nurse Kelly Guerrero claims she was trying to get Cage’s attention as he was wrestling with Neil, alongside comedian Carrot Top, as the three were leaving the hotel.
Guerrero says her 14-year-old son witnessed Neil's assault and battery, which resulted in a series of injuries including a "fractured coccyx and a severe left hip injury."
Neil is currently on the road playing dates across North America after Motley Crue wrapped up their farewell tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve.
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