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Limp Bizkit leader Fred Durst was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct Thursday (July 15) in connection with an onstage scuffle in which the singer allegedly kicked a security guard in the head.
Durst, who was recently named a senior vice president at Interscope Records, could face a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $700 fine in the incident, which allegedly occurred during a Limp Bizkit concert at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minn., according to assistant city attorney Mike Seasly.
"We decided to charge him with one count of assault in the fifth degree and one count of disorderly conduct," Seasly said. It has not yet been determined when Durst will appear in court to answer the charge, Seasly added, noting that he entered the charges after talking to the alleged victim, 29-year-old security guard Pat Estes.
The Monday night performance was not halted, despite the alleged attack, which occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m.; Durst was arrested when he left the stage at 11 p.m. He was released on $50,000 bail early Tuesday morning. St. Paul authorities, citing a lack of evidence, declined to press more serious felony assault charges earlier in the week, according to Jack Rhodes, chief of staff of the Ramsey County attorney's office.
Assault in the fifth degree is described in the Minnesota criminal statutes as an act committed with the intent to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or the act of intentionally inflicting bodily harm on another person.
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Despite the arrest, Durst and the band performed a scheduled Tuesday night concert at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
Limp Bizkit's label, Interscope, could not be reached for comment on the misdemeanor charges. Durst was also unavailable for comment.
"The victim said he was trying to remove one of the concert-goers when an unidentified person started fighting with him," Michael Jordan, public information officer for the St. Paul Police Department, said.
The incident allegedly occurred when Durst's own security guard, Richard Allen Surrency, was trying to remove a concert-goer from the stage, Jordan said. Estes apparently mistook Surrency for another fan and tried to remove them both, Jordan explained.
"I kicked that punk-ass security guard in the head," Durst said from the stage following the incident, according to police. "That f---ing bitch, you ain't gonna get a check tonight."
After a few more songs, Durst asked about Estes' whereabouts, Jordan said. "Where's that f---ing security guard?" Durst said, according to police. "Where is that f---ing p---y bitch?"
Estes was taken to a hospital for observation. His injuries weren't thought to be serious, Jordan said. The security guard was treated and released Monday and again on Tuesday, according to Bronwyn Pope, a spokesperson for United Hospital. The St. Paul-Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Wednesday that Estes had returned to the hospital when he experienced blurred vision and equilibrium problems. Pope said she could not confirm those reports due to the hospital's confidentiality rules.
(Staff Writer Chris Nelson contributed to this report.)