Rod Stewart apologizes after he appears to mimic ISIS beheadings in desert

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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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Rod STEWART; posed, studio (Photo by Gems/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 30: Photo of Rod STEWART and VOX GUITARS; Rod Stewart performing on Ready Steady Go! TV Show at Television House, Kingsway, playing Vox Mark XII twelve-string guitar, (Photo by CA/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of FACES and Rod STEWART; L-R: Rod Stewart performing live onstage (Photo by Peter Sanders/Redferns)
LONDON - 6th MAY: Vocalist Rod Stewart from Faces performs live on stage at the Roundhouse in London on 6th May 1972. (Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns)
Concert in USA. Music/Pop/1970s. April 1975 75-01038-030 (Photo by WATFORD/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of FACES and Rod STEWART; posed portrait of Rod Stewart lying on grass wearing striped bathing costume, Faces era (Photo by RB/Redferns)
Rock group The Faces play to an audience of 22,000 people at the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, California, 1973. Left to right: bass player Tetsu Yamauchi, singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 23: Photo of Kenney JONES and Rod STEWART and Ron WOOD and Ronnie WOOD and Tetsu YAMAUCHI and FACES and Ian McLAGAN; L to R: Tetsu Yamauchi, Ron Wood (Ronnie Wood), Ian McLagan, Rod Stewart & Kenney Jones - posed, group shot (Photo by David Reed/Redferns)
LONDON - 21st NOVEMBER: Vocalist Rod Stewart from Faces performs live on stage at Lewisham Odeon in London on 21st November 1974. (Photo by Erica Echenberg/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 18: Photo of FACES and Rod STEWART; Rod Stewart performing live onstage at the Apollo, throwing football in hand (Photo by Mick Gold/Redferns)
DENMARK - NOVEMBER 01: Photo of Rod STEWART; Rod Stewart., Copenhagen, Denmark. November 1976 (Photo by Jorgen Angel/Redferns)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 20: British singer and songwriter Rod Stewart performing live at Madison Square Garden on October 20, 1977 in New York City. (Photo by Waring Abbott/Getty Images)
Rod Stewart and Siv Alberg during Rod Stewart Sighting at Le Dome Restaurant - March 8, 1978 at Le Dome Restaurant in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - 1979: Singer Rod Stewart records at Cherokee Studios on Fairfax Blvd in 1979 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1979: Rod Stewart circa 1979 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/IMAGES/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 6: Alana Hamilton and Rod Stewart attend Rod Stewart-Alana Hamilton Wedding Reception on April 6, 1979 at the L'Eermitage Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Alana Hamilton and Rod Stewart during Rod Stewart Sighting at the Four Season Restaurant - June 9, 1979 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Rod Stewart and Alana Hamilton during Rod Stewart and Alana Hamilton at Mr. Chow's Restaurant - January 4, 1981 at Mr. Chow's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 01: Rod Stewart performs live on stage at the Forum in Los Angeles in December 1981 (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 1983: Rock singer Rod Stewart poses for a portrait wearing a 'Pop Rocky' T-shirt in December 1983 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Rod Stewart and Kelly Emberg (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
British singer Rod Stewart in a blue leather jacket, circa 1985. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 20: Rod Stewart performing on stage at The Prince's Trust 10th Birthday Party at Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom on 20th June 1986. (Photo by Brian Cooke/Redferns)
Rod Stewart, accompanied by his wife Rachel Hunter, poses for photographers after announcing his British tour on March 21, 1991. REUTERS/Jonathan Bainbridge
Rod Stewart and Kelly Emberg during Rod Stewart and Kelly Emberg at Carlyle Hotel - October 25, 1988 at Carlyle Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
British singer Rod Stewart and girlfriend Penny Lancaster pose as they arrive as guests at the 15th annual Carousel of Hope Ball October 15, 2002 in Beverly Hills. The ball is the world's premiere gala benefiting research in childhood diabetes and is hosted by Barbara and Marvin Davis. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP/CRB
British artist Rod Stewart performs at the Ariston Theatre during San Remo's 53rd Song Festival in northern Italy March 5, 2003. The festival will run until March 8. REUTERS/ Claudio Papi CP/CRB
Rod Stewart performs "What a Wonderful World" at the 32nd annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, November 14, 2004. REUTERS/Mike Blake FG
Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster Married in Italy - 16 Jun 2007
Rod Stewart performs at the 4th annual Plymouth Jazz Festival April 27, 2008. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva (TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)
British singer Rod Stewart performs during a concert in Adeje, on Spain's Canary island of Tenerife, late May 16, 2009. REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero (SPAIN ENTERTAINMENT)
Boxing - Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Title's - Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany - 28/11/15 Singer Rod Stewart in the ring before the fight Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach Livepic
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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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