Jason Stollsteimer of the Von Bondies is rejecting Jack White’s claim of self-defense in their fight last December 13 in Detroit. White has been charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault in the incident during a show at a local club, at which White allegedly struck Stollsteimer repeatedly, sending him to the hospital.
Stollsteimer revealed that he never took at swing at the White Stripes leader. “It wasn’t a fight,” Stollsteimer said. “I never even hit him. I didn’t know who it was. It took ’til the second thing he said for me even to realize who it was, ’cause I hadn’t seen him in a year.”
Stollsteimer also revealed that he has no idea why White-who coproduced the Von Bondies’ first album, 2001’s Lack Of Communication-was so angry at him. “I have no idea about the real reason why-I mean, I’m not him-’cause that’s the question everybody wants to know,” Stollsteimer said. “I don’t know. It could be a million things, but nothing that I have done in the last two years has anything to do with it.”
Stollsteimer said he could possibly have permanent eye damage from the incident. He recently had laser surgery in Los Angeles to repair his retina.
White is scheduled to go on trial for the incident on March 9 in Michigan’s 36th District Court in Detroit. If found guilty, he could face up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Both the White Stripes and the Von Bondies are currently on tour in England.
The Von Bondies’ new album, Pawn Shoppe Heart, comes out March 9. The group kicks off a North American tour on February 20 in Toronto.