After being cited for violating Hawaii’s quarantine policy, music producer Rick Rubin’s violation case has now been settled. According to Pitchfork, Rubin has now paid a $1,000 fine for the violation and his charge of disorderly conduct was reduced to a non-criminal violation. Online records reflect the amendment and show that Rubin pled no contest as well. Rubin made no statement after making his court appearance via Zoom.
Rubin’s lawyer Craig De Costa reportedly told the judge that the producer was confused about the island’s rules and that he “had no intention of coming into contact with anyone on the beach (in front of his home).”
Rubin had been cited for walking along Anini Beach, a beach on the island of Kauai.Hawaii requires visitors to receive a negative COVID test and to quarantine for two weeks prior to visiting beaches and landscapes.
Throughout the years, Rubin has worked with bands and artists such as Run The Jewels on their most recent album, RTJ4 and The Strokes’ Grammy-nominated album The New Abnormal. He has also worked on Santana’s Africa Speaks, Jovanotti’s Jova Beach Party and Lorenzo sulla Luna, Kate Tempest’s The Book of Traps and Lessons and The Avett Brothers’ Closer Than Together and Billy Corgan’s solo debut Ogilala in 2017.
That same year, he had convinced Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park to get back on stage with the band after the tragic passing of Chester Bennington. “I had gone to Rick Rubin as a source of guidance,” Shinoda told LA radio station KROQ. “He had said, ‘I think you guys need to get on stage. I think that’ll be the thing that’ll feel good. It’ll be super, super hard.’ We haven’t gone out together in public, we haven’t played, we haven’t gone on stage. The fans want to see you. Not because they want to see a show. There’s a cathartic experience that needs to happen and it’ll inform what you guys are doing.”