Pop singer Adam Ant pleaded guilty today (Aug. 13) to brawling after he threatened pub patrons with a starting pistol for laughing at his clothing.
Pop singer Adam Ant pleaded guilty today (Aug. 13) to brawling after he threatened pub patrons with a starting pistol for laughing at his clothing. The 47-year-old appeared at London's Old Bailey court under his real name of Stuart Goddard to face a single charge over the incident at the Prince of Wales pub in north London on Jan. 12. The prosecution dropped three other charges of criminal damage, assault causing actual bodily harm, and possession of an imitation firearm. Ant was released on bail until Oct. 2 for sentencing.
Ant, who looked pale and drawn, wore a black Fedora hat and tightly fitted pinstripe suit for his court appearance, during which he spoke only to plead guilty.
In an earlier hearing, prosecution lawyers told the court that Ant's appearance in the pub wearing a "cowboy" ensemble of combat jacket and matching flat cap caused customers to laugh and hum the theme song from the spaghetti Western "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly."
Ant left the bar but returned later armed with a starting pistol that he said was a wartime heirloom belonging to his father, lawyer David Tomlinson said. After Ant threw a car alternator through the pub window, hitting a local musician, some of the patrons chased him down the street.
"But he pulled out the gun, which they thought was genuine, and threatened to shoot them if they didn't back up," Tomlinson said. The singer was spotted a half-hour later hailing a cab, and police arrested him.
In interviews with police, Ant said he threw the car part through the window to attract the attention of the husband of a market trader who'd been harassing him. The singer said he intended to get the man out of the pub to "pistol whip" him.
The singer, famous for his painted face and flamboyant wardrobe, scored a string of hits in the '80s including "Stand and Deliver," "Prince Charming," and "Goody Two Shoes." He'd been scheduled to headline a nostalgia tour this spring.
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