Mick Jagger and Keith Richards: Arrested!

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
-On February 12, 1967 around 5:30pm, 20 police officers from the London police swarmed the Redlands home that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards owned in Sussex. Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested, along with Brian Jones(who was supposedly there, but him and then girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were fighting so they stayed in London).

-Others had come along for the weekend, including Beatle George Harrison and wife Patti Boyd. They had left before the raid, leading most people to believe they were staking the place out and waited for George to leave so they would not have to arrest a member of the beloved Beatles.

-According to police reports, the police took some drugs and left around 8:00pm. On March 20, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were due to appear in court and they received summonses saying they committed offences against the Dangerous Drugs Act. After their court date, they were sentenced to prison. Mick was sent to Lewes prison outside of London where as Keith Richards was sent to Wormwood Scrubs.

-On Sunday, February 5, 1967, News of the World, a British tabloid paper, published a story claiming Mick Jagger along with others, were taking LSD. Later that same evening, Mick Jagger appears on the Eamon Andrews Show and said he never took LSD and that his lawyers would sue for libel. But this story was actually started by Brian Jones being mistaken for Mick Jagger, so he could get payback on his once ally but now enemy.

-The week following the story by News of the World, it saw The Rolling Stones in Abbey Road Studios recording with The Beatles before they left London for Redlands. This weekend was supposed to be a quiet, relaxing getaway. But it soon changed when London police swarmed the property that Sunday night

-With the police having a warrant, The Stones suspected they were tipped off. The report from News of the World and police played up the image of Miss X(Marianne Faithfull) wearing nothing at all except for a fur rug which she intentionally let fall from time to time during the raid. And some reports say that it was Mick Jagger who was completely naked and wearing the rug. A groupie named Nicky Kramer was mistaken for a woman and searched by a female officer.

“He had long fairish hair,” reported the female officer who searched him, “and was dressed in what would be best described as a pair of red-and-green silk ‘pajamas’. I searched him and this was all he was wearing. I formed the opinion he, too (along with Mick Jagger) was wearing makeup.”

On May 10, 1967, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and their friend Robert Fraser appeared in a Chichester court and were released on a bail of $100 in British money. On June 27, Mick Jagger's trial began in Chichester, with Keith Richards trial starting the next day. After a day's hearing, the verdict was given on June 29: both were found guilty. Mick Jagger was sentenced to 3 months in prison for possession of 4 amphetamine pills and Keith was given a year in prison

-After hearing this, there was a wave of protests, from Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and Keith Moon of The Who