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D.A. Won't Prosecute Singer Rose

November 29, 1990|JOSH MEYER and JOHN KENDALL | TIMES STAFF WRITERS

Citing lack of evidence, the district attorney's office said Wednesday that Axl Rose, lead singer with the heavy metal rock band Guns 'N Roses, will not be prosecuted on charges of assaulting a neighbor with a wine bottle.

Rose, 28, had been scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. . But Deputy Dist. Atty. Elden Fox said after reviewing the evidence, "It just doesn't appear (Rose) struck her with a wine bottle."

The singer was arrested Oct. 30 after his next-door neighbor in a high-rise West Hollywood condominium, Gabriella Kantor, 37, complained to sheriff's deputies that the singer had taken a wine bottle from her and struck her with it during a hallway argument over the playing of loud music.

Kantor was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, complaining of a possible concussion. The hospital said she was examined and released in good condition.

Meanwhile, Rose had been arrested for investigation of assault. He spent four hours in jail before winning release on $5,000 bail.

Rose later complained in an interview with The Times that the incident was only the latest of a longstanding series of run-ins with Kantor, which started shortly after he moved into the condo. Rose charged that Kantor was an overzealous fan who had been harassing him. He said he had complained to the condos' homeowners association about what he described as Kantor's own loud music playing.

"It's really weird, she cranks my music all the time," Rose said.

Rose recently won a temporary restraining order barring Kantor from contacting him or his wife.

Rose--a high school dropout from Indiana who moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and virtually lived on the streets for years--has recently bought a $800,000 home in the Hollywood Hills, sources say.

Since 1985, Guns 'N Roses has sold more than 12 million records.

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