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White Charged With Assault

Singer faces up to a year in jail

December 22, 2003 12:00 AM ET

White Stripes singer Jack White was charged today with aggravated assault for his December 13th fight with Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer. White faces up to one year in jail if convicted.

The two musicians, who had a falling out after White produced the Von Bondies' 2001 Lack of Communication album, were in the audience at Detroit's Majestic Theater Center when the altercation occurred. According to Stollsteimer, White was upset that he refused to speak with him and "proceeded to punch him on the right eye approximately seven times." White claimed that he acted in self-defense after Stollsteimer pulled him to the ground.

White sustained cuts on his left hand, while Stollsteimer suffered a swollen right eye and a bloody nose.

"It seems that far too often celebrities think that the law does not apply to them," said Wayne County Prosecutor Mike Duggan, criticizing White at a Monday press conference.

The White Stripes will next play on New Year's Eve at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom, before they embark on a U.K. tour in January. The band is nominated for three Grammy awards, Album of the Year and Alternative Album of the Year for Elephant and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for the White-penned "Seven Nation Army." White makes his feature-film debut in Cold Mountain, which opens on Christmas. He also wrote music for the film.

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