Jack White Charged With Assault
White Stripes lead singer Jack White (real name: John Anthony Gillis) was charged today (Dec. 22) in Detroit with aggravated assault after a fight with the lead singer of another band. White, 28, faceWhite Stripes lead singer Jack White (real name: John Anthony Gillis) was charged today (Dec. 22) in Detroit with aggravated assault after a fight with the lead singer of another band. White, 28, faces anywhere from no jail time to a maximum of one year in prison if convicted.
White went to a police precinct early yesterday morning and gave a statement saying he struck Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer in self defense. The Dec. 13 fight between White and Stollsteimer began shortly before midnight at the Majestic Theatre Center, where both men were in the audience for another concert.
Stollsteimer, 25, told police that White had punched him seven times in the face. Police said Stollsteimer's right eye was bruised and swollen and he was bleeding from his nose. He was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Duggan said the two had an ongoing disagreement that began after Stollsteimer criticized White's role in producing the Von Bondies' first album. "It seems that far too often celebrities think that the law does not apply to them," Duggan said today.
As previously reported, the Stripes will play a Dec. 31 New Year's Eve show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, before heading to the U.K. in mid-January.
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