An arrest warrant was issued yesterday for Vince Neil, frontman for the recently reunited metal monsters Motley Crue, for allegedly knocking soundman Michael Talbert unconscious during his October 30th solo show at club Gilley’s Dallas.
A police report asserts that the forty-three-year-old singer motioned for more guitar volume while playing, then crossed the stage to kick the soundboard and punch Talbert in the face, causing him to fall to the floor and pass out. Talbert, 44, was hospitalized with a mild concussion.
In 2001, Neil’s then-wife, Playboy Playmate Heidi Mark, filed for divorce, citing alcohol abuse and violent tendencies. The following year, the singer was arrested for beating a record producer outside a Los Angeles club, and was made to pay damages and perform 100 hours of community service. In 2003, the rocker was arrested for beating a prostitute in a Nevada brothel, and was sentenced earlier this year to a thirty-day suspended jail term, $1,000 fine and an anger-management course. A civil lawsuit from the victim, asking for $20,000 in damages is currently pending.
Neil’s maximum penalty for allegedly beating Talbert would be a $4,000 fine and one year in prison.
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