Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charge
Fred Durst files not-guilty plea; given court date
by Jenny Eliscu
August 20, 1999
On Wednesday night, Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst introduced the Ruff Ryders at the 1999 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards. On Thursday, Durst's lawyer, Earl Gray, introduced his client's not-guilty plea at an arraignment in St. Paul, Minnesota's Ramsey County Court. That plea was filed in connection with Durst's alleged kicking of a security guard during his band's July 12 show in St. Paul. At the time, Durst claimed to have mistaken the guard, Pat Estes, for a rowdy concertgoer engaged in fisticuffs with his private guard. Witnesses reported that, during the show, Durst bragged that he had "kicked that punk-ass security guard in the head." Durst was arrested that night, and later charged with disorderly conduct and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.
Tom Weyandt, the city attorney present at Durst's arraignment, said that Durst's next court date will be Sept. 16, when his case is scheduled for a dispositional conference. The conference is a standard part of the city's pre-trial legal protocol and will not necessarily require Durst's presence.
If Durst is convicted, he could face up to ninety days in jail or a $700 fine.