Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault in Seattle

Sig Hansen, Captain of the Northwestern crab-catcher vessel, a boat featured on the Discovery Channel show "Deadliest Catch." (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SEATTLE — Celebrity crab-boat captain Sig Hansen has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that he spat on an Uber driver last year in Seattle.

Our news partner The Seattle Times reports the 52-year-old “Deadliest Catch” star pleaded guilty to assault in Seattle Municipal Court Wednesday.

Under a plea agreement, a property destruction charge was dismissed. Prosecutors had also recommended the assault conviction be dropped and the case dismissed as long as Hansen stays out of trouble and complies with court conditions for a year.

But Judge Edward McKenna wasn’t ready to agree with that recommendation and postponed sentencing until June 28. The judge ordered Hansen to undergo a new alcohol evaluation.

Hansen released the following statement through his attorney:

“This agreement allows me to close a key chapter in an unfortunate situation that got out of hand. It is a significant step toward putting this issue behind me and getting back to what’s important – my family, friends and career.

“I have tried many times to reach out and resolve this directly with the driver and his employer, but unfortunately, they have not been as willing to have a reasonable conversation.”

Hansen, who lives in the Seattle suburb of Shoreline, was accused in May 2017 of spitting on the driver's head and kicking his car after he learned he couldn't pay cash for his family's ride home.