According to TMZ.com, MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil is the subject of a criminal investigation after allegedly attacking a woman in a Las Vegas hotel.
The incident reportedly took place at around 5:00 p.m. Thursday (April 7) at the Aria hotel where the woman approached actor Nicolas Cage and asked him an autograph. Vince then allegedly got behind the woman, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her to the ground, reports Blabbermouth.net.
TMZ.com has posted video footage of the end of an altercation between Neil and Cage. The 26-second clip apparently shows the 52-year-old actor trying to restrain Neil and calm him down after taking him outside the hotel to a waiting car. Cage can be seen screaming at the 55-year-old singer, imploring him to cool off. Nic can be heard yelling at Vince, telling him to “stop this shit now.” But by the end of the clip, Neil appears to say “I love you” to Cage. Both men also look intoxicated in the video.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told TheWrap.com that Neil was cited for battery Thursday evening, after a call came in from the hotel at 5:24. A female made a report to the police that Neil approached her, grabbed her by the hair and jerked her to the ground.
Neil was released at the scene, police said.
The night before, Vince was was seen checking out the newly opened T-Mobile Arena in Vegas with friends, including former “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous” host Robin Leach.
Cage and Neil are longtime friends who were previously photographed together at the rocker’s strip club back in 2012.
This isn’t Vince‘s first brush with the law. Back in 2011, he served 10 days of a 15-day DUI sentence in connection with a June 2010 incident when he was speeding and weaving between lanes on Desert Inn Road west of Paradise Road, near the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said.
In 1984, Neil smashed his car into another vehicle in Redondo Beach, California, killing HANOI ROCKS drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley and seriously injuring two other occupants.
Neil was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. His blood alcohol level was 0.17, which was over the legal limit.
Neil served half of a 30-day jail sentence, received five years probation and had to pay $2.6 million in restitution, as well as perform 200 hours of community service.