Kid Rock 'was defending himself'
Published 15/09/2010 | 10:18
Kid Rock and his entourage were trying to defend themselves from another customer at a suburban Atlanta Waffle House when a fight broke out in 2007, a lawyer for the musician has told a court.
The entertainer, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, and five people who were with him that night are being sued over the fight.
But Harlen Akins claims the group beat him for no reason and is seeking unspecified punitive damages, according to the lawsuit filed in DeKalb County.
The entertainer - who attended the court hearing on Tuesday - and his party behaved "like a pack of wild animals," starting a fight inside the restaurant and pursuing Akins into the parking lot to beat him up before leaving in their tour bus, Akins' lawyer Eric Hertz said in his opening statement.
Akins demonstrated "a pattern of provocation and escalation," while Kid Rock and his party consistently tried to defuse the situation, said William Horton, a lawyer for Kid Rock and five others being sued.
As witness testimony got under way, the jury saw parts of a Waffle House surveillance video of the fight. The video shows the parties fighting, but there is no sound so jurors couldn't hear what was being said.
Kid Rock pleaded guilty in March 2008 to a charge of simple battery in the fight.
The civil trial is expected to wrap up on Wednesday or Thursday, Judge Johnny Panos said.