Billy Idol Pleads Guilty to Punching Woman


Rock singer Billy Idol pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanor battery counts Tuesday for punching a woman he met at a West Hollywood restaurant.

Idol, 36, made an unscheduled appearance in Beverly Hills Municipal Court to enter the plea, said district attorney spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.

The singer, whose real name is William Michael Broad, faces a maximum term of six months in jail and/or a $2,000 fine when he is sentenced April 1, prosecutors said. The incident occurred about 2 a.m. last Oct. 11, when Idol and his manager met two women in Stringfellows.


Amber Nevel and Laurie Bailey offered to drive the singer and his manager to their car after dinner, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Mark Vezzani.

The women told authorities that Idol, while in the back seat with Nevel, suddenly began shouting at her and struck her in the mouth and forehead with his fist. Idol was wearing silver rings at the time and inflicted cuts and bruises on Nevel, who was treated at a hospital, the prosecutor said.