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Axl Rose Pleads Chivalry in Biting Incident

June 29, 2006 11:55 AM ET

Axl Rose released a statement in which he addresses the biting incident that landed him in jail in Sweden two days ago. "We had a great gig in Stockholm and I am not going to let this incident spoil that," Rose said in the statement. "My assistant Beta and I were talking in the lobby of the hotel when security started to give us a hard time. My only concern was to make sure she was OK." The takeaway: Cads withdraw meekly; gentleman bite.

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“Money For Nothing”

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