Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is suing the Ritz-Carlton hotel, its security director and three sheriff's deputies stemming from a New Year's Eve 2003 altercation at the Naples, Florida establishment.

In the lawsuit, filed yesterday (02JUN05) in US District Court, Lifeson - real name ALEX ZIVOJINOVICH - his son JUSTIN and daughter-in-law MICHELLE are seeking an unspecified amount of monetary damages for injuries, pain and suffering, mental anguish and the costs of their defence in criminal cases.

Justin and his friends agitated hotel security when they got up on a platform when the house band was taking a break at a party to bring in 2004.

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 Michelle was illegally arrested when she complained about the force used to subdue her husband.

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

In April (05), Alex and Justin accepted plea agreements to serve 12 months' probation and pay court costs. The agreement called for each to plead to a single misdemeanour charge of resisting arrest without violence.

03/06/2005 19:50