Report: New Details Of RUSH Guitarist's New Year's Eve Arrest Emerge

John Henderson of the Naples Daily News is reporting that new details about RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson's New Year's Eve arrest in Naples, Florida are emerging in hundreds of pages of witness statements, released publicly under Florida law. The statements become public when exchanged between prosecutors and defense attorneys.

In the publicly released witness statements, an emotional scene is painted in the stairwell of the posh hotel where the altercation took place.

A sheriff's deputy acknowledges he punched Lifeson (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich) in the face as Zivojinovich was charging up the stairwell of the hotel to come to the aid of his son, Justin Zivojinovich, who was being zapped by a deputy with a stun gun known as a Taser.

"I reached over the stair railing and struck the subject (Alex Zivojinovich) once in the facial area with a closed fist. This was immediately effective in preventing him from continuing his course towards Deputy (Christopher) Knott," Deputy R. Scott Russell states in a "Use Of Force" report.

Russell explains that he had observed Alex Zivojinovich push Deputy Amy Stanford down the cement stairwell, and rush at Deputy Knott, who was "attempting to restrain a violent subject (Justin)." Read more.

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