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Lifeson Sues Hotel Over Altercation

By Newsferatu, Writer
Friday, June 3, 2005 @ 12:29 AM


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Rush axeman Alex Lifeson, his son and daughter-in-law are suing the Ritz-Carlton, its security director and three sheriff's deputies stemming from a New Year's Eve 2003 altercation at the Naples hotel.

Alex Zivojinovich, (Lifeson's real name) is seeking an unspecified amount of monetary damages for injuries, pain and suffering, mental anguish and the costs of their defense in criminal cases. (See original stories at the bottom of this page)

Alex's son, Justin and his friends pissed off hotel security when they got up on a platform when the house band was taking a break at a new year's eve party, December 31st 2003.

The lawsuit alleges that deputies who responded to a call by hotel security "applied illegal and unjustified force, and such force was excessive," causing Justin "severe discomfort and pain."

It also alleges that Alex's daughter-in-law Michelle was illegally arrested when she complained about the force used to subdue her husband.

Deputies said the elder Zivojinovich pushed a female deputy down a stairwell and spit in another deputy's face when he tried to intervene. Zivojinovich suffered a broken nose and other injuries in the scuffle.

In April, Alex and Justin Zivojinovich accepted plea agreements to serve 12 months' probation and pay court costs. The agreement called for each to plead to a single misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence. A deal was made that will allow for no formal conviction as long as the two complete their probation.

Original stories from January 2004:
  • Alex Lifeson Faces Charges
  • Alex Lifeson Arrested

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