Jack White is expected to turn himself in to police on Tuesday to be arraigned on a charge of aggravated assault, according to Detroit police.
The charge stems from a fight that took place December 13 between the White Stripes frontman and Jason Stollsteimer, singer for the garage rock band the Von Bondies (see “Jack White Brawls With Fellow Garage Rocker At Detroit Club “). After talking to nine witnesses who were at the Detroit rock club the Magic Stick, where the incident took place, the Wayne County prosecutor determined on Monday (December 22) that White attacked Stollsteimer and the Von Bondies frontman didn’t fight back, a spokesperson at the prosecutor’s office said.
White will be charged with aggravated assault because of the severity of the beating. Aggravated assault is more serious than simple assault, and can include assault with a deadly weapon, or assault with intent to rape, maim or murder. Stollsteimer’s right eye was badly bruised and swollen shut, his nose was swollen and bloody and his forehead was bruised.
According to witnesses, White had tried to speak with Stollsteimer, then became enraged when he was ignored, so he spat in Stollsteimer’s face, threw him to the ground and repeatedly punched his eye and nose until witnesses separated them, the spokesperson said.
White has been given the opportunity to turn himself in for booking, after which a court date will be set. If he doesn’t show, Detroit police will issue a non-in-custody warrant for his arrest.
If convicted, White could face up to a year in jail, but the spokesperson for the prosecution said that since he has no criminal history, he would likely just be served with probation.
The night of the brawl, Stollsteimer filed a complaint against White, who filed a cross-complaint, saying he didn’t start the fight and was defending himself against the Von Bondies singer.
A spokesperson for White was not available for comment.