Rocker Jack White arraigned for assault

Jan. 14, 2004 at 8:44 PM
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DETROIT, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- White Stripes singer Jack White was arraigned in Detroit Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault for a fight during a concert.

If convicted, White could face up to one year in prison.

The 28-year-old Detroit-based musician, who has been romantically linked to actress Renee Zellweger and contributed five music tracks to the Golden Globe-nominated film "Cold Mountain," said he fought in self-defense.

However a police report filed by Jason Stollsteimer, a member of the Detroit band the Von Bondies, claimed White allegedly punched him in the face seven times when they were at the Magic Stick on Dec. 13.

White said he was having a discussion with Stollsteimer when he was pulled to the floor and Stollsteimer began "hitting him about the face and body with his fists" and he defended himself.

"The altercation was definitely unprovoked on that day," said prosecutor Marcus Connor. "The evidence and the testimony we've received from witnesses shows that there actually was some sort of history between these two."

The men had an altercation last year when White allegedly attacked Stollsteimer in an apartment, reported WDIV-TV in Detroit.

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