Jack White Pleads Guilty

Stripes frontman fined, ordered to anger management

March 10, 2004 12:00 AM ET

Jack White pleaded guilty yesterday to an assault and battery charge stemming from a December nightclub fracas with Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer.

White and Stollsteimer tangled at an album release party in Detroit for fellow Motor City band Blanche at the Majestic Theater Center on December 13th. In the courtroom, White said that he confronted Stollsteimer at the show because of negative things the Von Bondies frontman had said about him in the press and to friends. White claimed that Stollsteimer ignored him, prompting White to spit at him, initiating the scuffle.

According to White, when the two fell to the ground, Stollsteimer fell on White's hand, recently healed after being broken in a car accident, and White punched him. In January, White pleaded not guilty, saying he acted in self-defense.

Stollsteimer told police at the time that White had punched him in the face seven times and a published photo showed that he suffered a bloody nose and his eye was swollen shut.

With the plea, White was hit with a $500 fine plus court fees. Judge Paula Humphries also ordered him to attend anger management classes.

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