Rod Stewart is finally opening up about a report leaked to the media by his former assistant and publicist several years ago about a fake oral sex encounter with a group of male sailors.
In "Rod: The Autobiography," the singer claims his one-time sidekick Tony Toon made up the tale after he was fired for taking a male lover back to a hotel room he was sharing with the star's seven-year-old stepson.
Toon accompanied Stewart and his then-wife Alana on a vacation in Hawaii, and the hotel was overbooked. The assistant and Alana's son wound up sharing a room.
Stewart explained, "We had our children Sean and Kimberly in a room with us, and we asked Toon to share a room with Alana's son Ashley, who was then seven. Toon, of course, couldn't resist pulling some bloke in the bar that evening and taking him back to the room. I fired him in the morning.
"Toon's revenge was absolutely inspired. He fed the press a story in which, as a consequence of an evening spent orally servicing a gang of sailors in a gay bar in San Diego, I had been required to check into a hospital emergency room to have my stomach pumped... I have never orally pleasured even a solitary sailor, let alone a ship's worth in one evening. And I have never had my stomach pumped, either of naval-issue semen or of any other kind of semen.
"With minor variations... this story has stayed with me ever since. Say what you like about Tony Toon - and God rest his soul - but he was good at his job."