VINCE NEIL PLEADS NO CONTEST TO BATTERY:
April 9, 2004
DAYTON, Nev. – A day after a misdemeanor battery case against him was dismissed in California, former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil pleaded no contest to battery on a Moonlite BunnyRanch prostitute.
The 43-year-old singer declined to comment when the judge asked whether he had anything to say.
“We wanted to resolve this as quickly as possible,” attorney Scott Freeman said after the brief hearing Thursday in Dayton Justice Court, 12 miles east of Carson City. “Mr. Neil personally appeared out of respect for this court and this county. Now he’s moving on.”
Prostitute Andrea “TrixXxie Blue” Terry said Neil choked her and threw her against a wall when the two met at the Mound House brothel where Neil stopped July 10, 2003, after a concert in Reno.
BunnyRanch owner Dennis Hof said he was sorry to hear that Neil felt pressured to enter a plea.
“It’s sad to see Vince do that because in my mind this girl’s an opportunist and I know that Vince did nothing wrong,” Hof told the Nevada Appeal newspaper. “I assume he did this to avoid having a lengthy trial. I will support him to the end, because I know he didn’t do anything wrong.”
Judge Bill Rogers suspended a 30-day jail sentence and ordered Neil to complete anger management correspondence courses within 60 days. He was fined $1,000 plus court fees of $132, and returned to his Las Vegas home afterward.
A misdemeanor battery case in Beverly Hills, Calif., against Neil was dismissed Wednesday after he completed more than 100 hours of community service, prosecutors said.
Courtesy of Associated Press