Ronnie Wood questioned over 'assault' claim

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Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood was questioned by police today over claims that he assaulted his young Russian lover.

Wood, 62, was arrested in the high street of Claygate, Esher, Surrey, by officers called to reports of an assault.

It is understood a passer-by dialled 999 as a violent argument took place between Wood and his 20-year-old on-off girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova.

A Surrey Police spokesman said Wood was released on bail until a date next month pending further inquiries.

The arrest is the latest chapter in a tumultuous relationship between the ageing rocker and the former cocktail waitress.

Police were called to the couple's mock-castle home in September after one row in which it was claimed Miss Ivanova threatened to kill herself.

Wood left his wife, Jo, for Miss Ivanova in 2008. The couple had been married for more than 20 years and their divorce will be finalised within weeks.

Mrs Wood, 54, took part in Strictly Come Dancing this year.

Last week the lapdancing bar where Wood met Miss Ivanova was closed after a raid by vice squad officers. Detectives said The Capricorn Club in Goodge Street, Soho, was a £1 million-a-year sex and drugs den.

One officer said the bar was an underground brothel where clients had sex in cubicles and drugs including cocaine were easily available.

A spokesman for Wood, David Rigg of Project Associates, said: "I can confirm that there was an incident last night and that Ronnie Wood was arrested. He has since been released on police bail.

"We have no further statement to make at this time."

A Surrey Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that a 62-year-old man from Esher was arrested last night on suspicion of assault in connection with a domestic incident in Claygate High Street.

"He has this afternoon been released on bail until a date in January pending further inquiries."

A spokesman for Wood, David Rigg of Project Associates, said: "I can confirm that there was an incident last night and that Ronnie Wood was arrested. He has since been released on police bail.

"We have no further statement to make at this time."