Jag­ger says editorial saved him from prison

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LON­DON — Rock su­per­star Mick Jag­ger says a news­pa­per editorial was re­spon­si­ble for help­ing him avoid prison for a mi­nor drug of­fence in 1967.

The Rolling Stones front­man tells the Times of Lon­don on Satur­day that he had been sen­tenced to three months in jail not be­cause of the sever­ity of his crime but be­cause band mem­bers were be­ing “scape­goats” by an older gen­er­a­tion crit­i­cal of their life­style.

The Times editorial un­der­scored this point, say­ing Jag­ger should be treated “ex­actly the same as any­one else.”

The 73-year-old singer tells the news­pa­per “that editorial got me out jail. One day it dropped, and the next thing I was out.”

Jag­ger cred­its the editorial with telling the es­tab­lish­ment “come on guys, this is just not English fair play kind of thing.”

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