News Flash: Motley Crue Members Plead Not Guilty To Assault Charges

Motley Crue members Tommy Lee and bassist Nikki Sixx have pleaded not guilty to assault charges stemming from an alleged assault on a security guard during a Phoenix, Ariz., show.

The pair entered their plea by mail on Feb. 5, complying with the court's request. The charge of misdemeanor assault carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail, a $500 fine or both, as well as restitution to the arena for damages caused during the incident.

The alleged attack stems from a near riot that occurred during Motley Crue's finale at the Phoenix America West Arena on Dec. 10, according to police. The band allegedly invited members of the audience up onstage, leading to a melee involving security, fans and band personnel.

Lee, 35, and Sixx, 39, are accused of punching, kicking and spitting on 18-year-old security guard Kenneth Lee Chambers during the melee, according to court records.

Fans allegedly caused damage to the arena as a result of the band's

actions, court records further state. The incident landed Lee and Sixx

in jail for a few hours on Dec. 10 before they were released on bail.

A pre-trial conference with all parties is set for Feb. 27 in a Phoenix court.

Lee, Sixx, their publicists, record label (Elektra) and lawyers were all unavailable for comment. -- Brendan Doherty [Tues., Feb. 10, 1998, 7:30 p.m. PST]