Rick Rubin has avoided jail time for strolling on an empty beach in Hawaii and breaking strict COVID-19 laws on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi .
Rick, who has crafted hits for everyone from The Beastie Boys to Adele, incurred the wrath of officials on the island during a trip in September of 2020.
The Def Jam co-founder’s troubles started after he arrived on the island via the Lihu‘e Airport on September 1st.
Prosecutors said Rick Rubin knew he was supposed to remain quarantined for 14-days after he landed on the island, but instead of following the law, he headed for a stroll along the blue waters of Anini Beach.
Unfortunately for the music maestro, a member of the paparazzi was lurking somewhere nearby and took pictures of Rick’s solitary stroll.
Rick was facing a possible prison sentence of a year, but he got off easy during a court hearing yesterday (February 9th).
Rick and his attorney appeared via a Zoom conference call. The super-producer’s lawyer said Rick was confused about the rules because his doctor told him he needed to get more exercise.
According to The Garden Island, Rick Rubin pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct. He paid a $1,000 fine. Rubin, who has an estimated worth of a quarter-of-a-billion dollars, has three months to pay the fine.