Rage Against the Machine Bassist Released From Jail

Tim Commerford of RATM pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

September 8, 2000 12:00 AM ET

After an altercation with security guards and police at MTV's Video Music Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall Thursday, Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford plead guilty Friday to disorderly conduct in Manhattan's Midtown Court. Though he had been charged with assault and resisting arrest, those charges were dropped with his guilty plea, and he was released with time served.

Though NYPD at the scene said Commerford had a conditional discharge, a spokesperson for the District Attorney's office said that the Rage bassist's time in custody was considered time served, and no more would be required of him. Commerford's lawyer Melinda Sarafa had no comment.

Commerford's bodyguard, Perrin "Big Pete" Beattle, who had been arrested along with him and charged with obstruction of justice, did not enter a plea, causing his case to be adjourned until Oct. 3. The pair was whisked away in a black Lincoln-Mercury following the arraignment.

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