Bruce Springsteen performs onstage in the course of the 13th annual Stand Up for Heroes to learn the Bob Woodruff Foundation at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 04, 2019 in New York City.
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Rocker Bruce Springsteen was arrested on drunken-driving charges late final 12 months at a nationwide park in New Jersey, the U.S. Department of the Interior mentioned Wednesday.
News of the arrest emerged days after a Jeep industrial that includes “The Boss” aired in the course of the Super Bowl. The auto model mentioned later Wednesday that it would “pause” the advert “until the actual facts can be established.”
Springsteen, 71, was “cooperative throughout the process” of being arrested Nov. 14 at Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook, National Parks Service spokeswoman Brenda Ling mentioned in an announcement.
Springsteen was accused of driving whereas intoxicated, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed space.
Springsteen’s new album “Letter to You” debuted the identical month at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. With that placement, Springsteen grew to become the primary musician to have a brand new prime five-charting album in every of the final six a long time.
Three days earlier than the arrest surfaced, the musician starred in his first Super Bowl industrial. The Jeep advert featured Springsteen calling for Americans to search out unity after a divisive 12 months.
“There’s hope on the road up ahead,” Springsteen mentioned in the two-minute spot, which featured quite a few photographs of him driving a Jeep CJ-5 throughout nation and metropolis roads.
In an announcement to CNBC, a Jeep Brand spokesperson mentioned it could “pause our Big Game industrial till the precise info will be established.”
“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate,” the spokesperson mentioned.
The industrial’s message of “community and unity is as relevant as ever,” the spokesperson added, “As is the message that drinking and driving can never be condoned.”
Spokespeople for Springsteen didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark about his arrest.
In his 2016 autobiography “Born to Run,” Springsteen mentioned he prevented medication and did not attempt alcohol till he was 22, in half due to how consuming had affected his father.
In the 500-page e book, Springsteen revealed that he had an extended historical past of melancholy, a shock to many.
Springsteen has been lauded by his followers and bandmates for his wholesome dwelling habits, comparable to hitting the gymnasium and avoiding medication and alcohol, which they credit score for giving him the stamina to carry out hourslong live shows a long time into his profession.
“I mean, I’m sure he’s taken a drink or two a few times in his life, but he was never a drinker either,” guitarist Steven Van Zandt in Springsteen’s E Street Band mentioned in a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone.
Springsteen’s arrest was first reported Wednesday by TMZ.