White Stripes main man Jack White plead guilty to assault and battery charges in a Detroit courtroom yesterday (March 9), successfully avoiding a possible year in jail by reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. Under the terms of the deal, White will pay a $500 fine and $250 in court costs, which I'm sure he'll have no trouble rounding up. However, Judge Paula G. Humphries also ordered the red and white clad rocker to attend anger management classes.
In case you're not up on your Detroit rock band feud gossip, Jack White was charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault for beating the hell out of The Von Bondies' Jason Stollsteimer on December 13 of last year. The AP reports that White gave his own account of the events leading up to the December tussle while in court yesterday.
This is how it broke down:
White had apparently heard that Stollsteimer had made some negative remarks against him to the press. "I went up to ask him to say it to me face to face," White told the judge. When Stollsteimer ignored him, White spat in his face, upon which the two began to fight. The Von Bondie fell on White's hand, which was recently injured in a car crash, so Jack punched him in the face a few times.
White told reporters outside the courtroom that he regretted the event. Meanwhile, The Von Bondies major label debut, Pawn Shoppe Heart, was being stocked on record store shelves everywhere, as yesterday was not just Jack White sentencing day - it was also Pawn Shoppe Heart's street date. Isn't it ironic (don't ya think)?