Axl Rose spent most of the day in a Stockholm jail cell after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg at his hotel, police said. The Guns N’ Roses frontman was arrested early this morning (June 27) after attacking and threatening the guard and causing damage to the Berns Hotel, where the alleged scuffle took place, police spokeswoman Towe Hagg said.
Rose was released from jail this evening, after he admitted to the charges and agreed to pay a fine of $5,500, Hagg said. The 44-year-old rocker was also ordered to pay $1,360 in damages to the security guard.
Hagg said Rose was intoxicated during the confrontation, which broke out around 8 a.m., and was held for questioning until he sobered up. “He was deemed too intoxicated to be questioned right away,” she said.
It was unclear what caused the fight, but Swedish tabloids said the guard tried to intervene when Rose started arguing with a woman in the hotel lobby.
Fredrik Nylen, one of the police officers who helped arrest Rose, was quoted by the daily Aftonbladet Web site as saying that the singer acted aggressively toward police and had to be “handcuffed and restrained” in the hotel. “He kept a high profile, so to speak,” Nylen was quoted as saying.
Guns N’ Roses played a concert in Stockholm’s Globe Arena last night, and had been partying at a well-known night club before the scuffle, Aftonbladet said. The band is scheduled to play in Oslo tomorrow.
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