Clark County prosecutors have charged rocker Vince Neil with battery-domestic violence and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors, after he allegedly poked his ex-girlfriend at the Las Vegas Hilton in March.
Neil's former girlfriend, local television entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs, 44, was with several friends who witnessed the Motley Crue frontman's obscenity-laced tirade at Jacobs and the poking during the March 24 incident. Jacobs suffered a bruise, a photo of which was posted on the gossip website TMZ.com.
Neil has denied ever touching Jacobs, according to the website.
In a written statement to Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke, Jacobs said "Verbal and/or physical abuse is never acceptable. The matter is now in the very capable hands of our district attorney. I'm very confident the truth will prevail."
Neil's criminal defense attorney, David Chesnoff, said he is looking forward to trying the case. "Mr. Neil maintains his innocence and everyone should keep an open mind because there are two sides to every story," Chesnoff said.
Neil is to appear May 2 in Las Vegas Justice Court on the charges.
Neil and Jacobs split in March after a seven-month relationship. Jacobs issued a statement that the break-up was because of "the decisions Vince continues to make."
Neil, 50, has said publicly that he has given up alcohol and drugs but has been seen partying around Las Vegas. He was released recently from the Clark County Detention Center after a 10-day stint and 11 days on house arrest for a June DUI conviction.
His criminal history also includes a previous jail term for vehicular manslaughter in California.
Contact reporter Francis McCabe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-380-1039.