Singer charged for assaulting fan before being restrained by Nicholas Cage

7 July 2016 / 3 months 3 weeks ago

Vince Neil has been charged with attacking an autograph hunter.

The former Motley Crue rocker is accused of lashing out at a woman on April 7, grabbing her by the hair and pulling her to the ground, but he has insisted he simply "pushed past" her.

However, sources told TMZ police have surveillance video showing he manhandled the alleged victim.

The 55-year-old rocker could face six months in jail if found guilty of misdemanour battery.

The alleged incident sparked a row between Vince and his friend Nicolas Cage.

After the altercation, the pair - who had been having lunch together - walked out of the Aria hotel, and the actor could be seen trying to calm down his pal.

The 52-year-old rocker was heard shouting: "Stop this s**t now", before trying to restrain Vince.

He then soothed him, saying: "You're OK, I love you."

It was previously reported that the woman - who had approached the 'Face/Off' star for an autograph - had been "left stunned, and suffered a sore neck ... as well as pain in her lower back and hip" after Vince allegedly grabbed her by the hair from behind and pulled her to the ground.

The 'Girls, Girls, Girls' singer has a long history of legal troubles, including being sentenced to 30 days in jail in 1984 after being charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol following a car accident which killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas 'Razzle' Dingley.

He was arrested in 2002 for punching record producer Michael Schuman and sentenced to community service, and the following year pleaded no contest to battery charges relating to the alleged assault of a sex worker.

In 2004, an arrest warrant for misdemeanor assault was issued for Vince after a fight during a show left a soundman unconscious.

He was sentenced to 15 days jail and 15 days house arrest for drunk driving in 2010, and the following year paid a $1,000 fine after accepting a plea deal for misdemeanour disorderly conduct following an altercation with former girlfriend Alicia Jacobs.

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