Thursday 22 February 2018

Rod Stewart apologises for 'Isil-style beheading' video

Image: Penny Lancaster/Instagram
Image: Penny Lancaster/Instagram
Image: Penny Lancaster/Instagram

Helena Horton

Sir Rod Stewart has had to apologise after he was filmed appearing to re-enact an Isil-style beheading while in the desert.

A video of the 72-year-old rocker was posted on his wife Penny Lancaster's Instagram account.

The clip, later deleted, showed the couple and their friends while on his world tour.

He said in a statement: "From re-enacting the Beatles' Abbey Road crossing to spontaneously playing out Game Of Thrones, we were simply larking about pre-show.

Image: Penny Lancaster/Instagram
Image: Penny Lancaster/Instagram

"Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended."

Sir Rod is seen in the videoleading a line of friends, with Lancaster at the back, along the sand dunes.

Ms Lancaster, 45, a model, rolls down the dunes, and then stretches out on the sand.

Behind her, the Maggie May singer stands behind and appears to put his hand across the neck of a friend, who is sitting in front of him.

The model did not connect the video to Isil, posting on her Instagram account that it was a video of the “Rod Stewart (leader) band doing a ‘Beatles’ sand dune crossing.”

Other pictures from the trip are less controversial, and show the couple reclining in the sand.

Mr Stewart has been criticised for the video following the beheadings of dozens of people by Londoner Mohammed Emwazi, otherwise known as Jihadi John.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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