Rubin pleads no contest, fined $1,000

LIHU‘E — Famous record producer and music mogul Rick Rubin, who pled no contest to a disorderly-conduct charge, was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine Tuesday afternoon in Fifth District Court.

Rubin appeared in Fifth District Court via a Zoom teleconference. Another man, presumed by the court to be his handler David Mills, stood next to him during the conference, and was told he was not allowed to speak during the hearing.

Rubin, 57, opted out of making a statement on his behalf when he told Judge Michael Soong, “No, thank you.”

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Tyler Saito argued Rubin knew of Kaua‘i County’s COVID-19 protocol and restrictions before he arrived at Lihu‘e Airport on Sept. 1.

Rubin’s attorney, Craig De Costa, told the judge and the prosecutor that Rubin was confused about the rules.

De Costa further said Rubin was following doctor’s orders to get additional exercise when he was charged with a COVID-19 violation after violating the required quarantine on Sept. 2.

For the quarantine violation, Rubin potentially faced a maximum sentence of one year in jail or a $5,000 fine.

“(Rubin) had no intention of coming into contact with anyone on the beach (in front of his home),” De Costa said.

Rubin, who was cited walking on an empty ‘Anini Beach near his lodging location and near no one but a member of the paparazzi, committed the alleged violation during Kaua‘i’s mandatory 14-day quarantine period for off-island visitors.

Rubin, who has approximately a $250-million net worth, according to celebritynetworth.com and is the co-founder of Def Jam Records with Russell Simmons, was ordered by the court to pay a $1,000 fine within the next three months in order to be in compliance with his plea agreement.

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

6 Comments
  1. Andrew Denny February 10, 2021 6:17 am Reply

    “Rubin, who was cited walking on an empty ‘Anini Beach near his lodging location and near no one but a member of the paparazzi, committed the alleged violation during Kaua‘i’s mandatory 14-day quarantine period for off-island visitors.”

    Thank you courageous neighbor for arguing this in court. And also kudos to Judge Soong for what seems like consistent and fair rulings. I don’t envy his job.

    Happy Lunar New Year, 新年快乐, Onipaʻa Kākou


    1. Jake February 11, 2021 2:47 am Reply

      At first I laughed, then I realized you were serious. Congrats, you are officially one of the sheep.

      The man spent ~$10K to stay on the North Shore and support the local economy, then walks along the beach by himself.

      Kauai Judge: “I should have fined you $5K, but give us $1K for doing what all the locals do on a daily basis during the SCAMDEMIC”.

      Stop the madness!


  2. Gordo February 10, 2021 8:11 am Reply

    This man was walking alone, right in front of his own house. This is absurd, do we still live in a free country? This has gone too far, people won’t stand for totalitarianism.


    1. Da Shadow February 11, 2021 8:41 am Reply

      well-stated Gordo.
      the saddest part: the willingness of so many to accept these draconian rules.


  3. Jake February 11, 2021 2:53 am Reply

    Yep! On a side note, could you imagine if the USA had a REAL pandemic????………thousands dying ACTUALLY from a contracted disease/virus, vice what we have had the last year…………… WITH COVID. SMH.

    Japan in 2020, a country of 126,000,000 claimed TWO THOUSAND deaths from COVID. 20,000 people died in Japan from suicide in 2020. The USA’s “COVID DEATHS” number is a complete farce.


  4. Andrew February 11, 2021 9:14 am Reply

    What? No probation??


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