Rick Rubin’s trial set for February

  • Rick Rubin arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

LIHU‘E — Criminal defense attorney Craig De Costa requested to Fifth District Court Judge Michael Soong that famous record producer Rick Rubin’s lack of presence in court be waived Wednesday morning in Fifth District Court.

Rubin, 57, who successfully filed a motion to legally change his name from Frederick Rubin to Rick Rubin in 2014, was charged with a COVID-19 violation after violating the required quarantine on Sept. 2.

The time of the alleged offense was during Hawai’i’s and the County of Kaua’i’s mandatory 14-day quarantine period for off-island visitors.

Rubin’s alleged violation occurred in Princeville when a caller spotted him walking on an empty area of Anini Beach near his lodging location.

No one else was in that area of the beach at the time, except for a member of the paparazzi that followed Rubin since he arrived at the commuter airport on Sept. 1.

The caller used his phone to videotape Rubin during the alleged violation at 6:30 p.m. near his Princeville resort in the 3900 block of Anini Road.

Rubin, along with Russell Simmons, is considered one of the founders of the Def Jam Record label in the mid-1980s, a label that featured multi-platinum recording artists such as Run-D.M.C. and the Beastie Boys.

Rubin later worked with famous recording artists producing the albums of Jay-Z, Eminem, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Rubin’s next court date will be February 9, 2021, and it is not known as of press time whether Rubin’s presence will be required at his trial.


Jason Blasco, reporter, can be reached at 245-0437 or jblasco@thegardenisland.com.

  1. givemeabreak December 10, 2020 9:36 am Reply

    Good work tattler!! That’s exactly what we need in this world….more tattlers!!

    1. Me December 11, 2020 3:35 am Reply

      Oh, u one of those eh? It’s ok with u that big money people can do whatever they want. There’s another one of em in Anahola roaming the beach with his family. So, if u saw someone get into a vehicle hammered drunk, u wouldn’t make the call……waiting for your answer

      1. Lisa July 21, 2021 2:54 pm Reply

        Omg .Your comment is pathetic. How do you even compare the two? He was outside.. on a beach… ALONE.
        You’re going to be one of those people that peep and report on your neighbors for those brownie ( nosed) points now aintcha? 🤣

  2. Josamaroo December 10, 2020 11:40 am Reply

    Your forgot about one of Rubin’s most popular bands that he produced 3 Billboard #1 Albums with and that’s SYSTEM OF A DOWN. He also produced albums for other famous and successful metal bands like Slayer and Slipknot, not just pop music like the article implies. Heavy Metal never gets any love.

    1. Mattybiggs December 11, 2020 1:16 pm Reply

      Johnny Cash c’mon!

  3. Andrew December 11, 2020 10:34 am Reply

    This is going to make National News, and bad press for Kauai. Let the punishment fit the crime; walking across the street from your vacation rental doesn’t seem like a crime. He should have been informed that he needs to stay on the property rental, and told to return there. Who is prosecuting him? Who is the paparazzi that reported him at 6am at Anini? Paparazzi at 6am Anini? This is a waste of Taxpayer dollars and RR’s time. Embarrassing.

  4. Steve December 11, 2020 5:15 pm Reply

    That a “caller” felt compelled to record this person walking on an EMPTY beach behind his lodging location, then forward that video to the police, is a very sad statement indeed.

  5. Steve December 11, 2020 5:17 pm Reply

    If you must, fine him & move on. Putting a person on TRIAL for this is a waste of limited public resources.

  6. sharon December 12, 2020 6:00 pm Reply

    Really…… this needs to be in the paper- such a minor event… Does’nt the paper have other important things to report???

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