Rod Stewart Mocks ISIS Beheading in Desert

Rod Stewart has insisted he was not trying to mock up an ISIS-style execution in a recent Instagram video.

In his apology, the music legend says that he did not intend to cause offence, and his actions have been misconstrued.

Sir Rod said he and his friends were "playing out Game Of Thrones" while "larking about" before a show.

The video - showing Stewart and several others in a desert near the United Arab Emirates capitol - was originally posted to social media platform Instagram by Stewart's wife Penny Lancaster before it was subsequently removed.

Stewart released a statement apologizing for the video: "From re-enacting the Beatles" Abbey Road crossing to spontaneously playing out "Game Of Thrones', we were simply larking about pre-show".

Lancaster, 45, a model, rolls down the dunes, and then stretches out on the sand. At one point in the clip, Stewart apparently gets a male friend to kneel down, holds him by the hair, and pretends to slit his throat.

According to Daily Telegraph editors, Penny had initially captioned the video, "Rod Stewart (leader) band doing a "Beatles" sand dune crossing".

The couple are in Abu Dhabi as part of the singer's world tour, before they continue to Las Vegas and Mexico City later this month.

Former hostage John McCarthy told BBC Radio Scotland's John Beattie programme that the singer had turned "a grotesque thing into a kind of pantomime".

  • Salvatore Jensen