Rod Stewart Apologizes After He Appears to Mimic ISIS Beheadings in Desert

The video posted to social media was taken in Abu Dhabi, where the singer is appearing in concert.

Rocker Rod Stewart is under fire for a video he posted in which he appears to mimic an ISIS-style beheading in the desert.

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The widow of a real ISIS victim, David Haines' wife, Dragana, has called the stunt "disgusting" and "brainless."

The video begins with Stewart, his wife, Penny Lancaster and his entourage walking across the dunes in the Persian Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi, where Stewart is appearing in concert.

In the video, his wife goofs around and rolls down the sand.

Then a young man kneels in front of Stewart. The singer grabs his hair and makes a knife gesture at his throat.

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But Stewart says he was "larking about" and was actually playing out a scene from Game of Thrones.

"Understandably, this has been misinterpreted," Stewart says in a statement, "and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended."

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