Kid Rock Settles Lawsuit With Former Manager

Stephen Hutton had been seeking $4 million for alleged unjust termination.

American badass Kid Rock said he has no hard feelings for the former manager he settled a $4 million lawsuit with on Monday.

Rock and Stephen Hutton reached a friendly settlement on a lawsuit filed in July that accused Rock of unjustly firing the manager, according to an Atlantic Records spokesperson. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

"We are glad that this case has been settled fairly and that the litigation has been brought to an end," Rock and Hutton said in a joint statement. "There are no hard feelings, and we wish each other well."

In the lawsuit, filed by Hutton's lawyers in the United States District Court in Manhattan, Hutton charged the rap-rocker with breach of contract and unjust enrichment, seeking compensatory damages as well as a portion of Rock's future earnings. Hutton was allegedly entitled to 15 percent of his gross income and was fired after he failed to settle for a monetary amount less than that.

Hutton managed Rock (born Bob Ritchie) from 1994 until last summer and claimed to have orchestrated the Atlantic Records contract that led to Rock's multiplatinum, major-label debut, 1998's Devil Without a Cause.

"Even though Kid Rock had been dropped twice by other record labels and white hip-hop was nonexistent at the time, I believed in Bob and what he was doing," Hutton told MTV News at the time the lawsuit was filed. "It saddens me, after working so closely together for seven years, that I have to pursue legal action to get what I've earned."

Rock just ended a national arena tour with Buckcherry and Fuel and is scheduled to begin work on his next album soon. The "Bawitdaba" singer has been keeping busy with other projects, including guest spots on albums by his Twisted Brown Trucker Band's DJ, Uncle Kracker; fellow Detroit natives Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise; and hip-hop legends Run-D.M.C.

Rock will also be featured in two upcoming films — David Spade's "The Adventures of Joe Dirt" and the animated "Osmosis Jones" with late sidekick Joe C. (see "Kid Rock: Stronger Than 'Dirt'").