A Nashville strip-club DJ whom Kid Rock allegedly slugged back in February has taken legal action against the Detroit rocker, filing a lawsuit that seeks more than $500,000 in damages.
Police arrested Rock (real name Robert James Ritchie) on a single simple assault charge on February 16, after authorities said he rushed the DJ booth at downtown Nashville's Christie's Cabaret and assaulted DJ Jay Campos for spinning records Kid didn't like. Rock was later released on $3,000 bail (see "Kid Rock Arrested; Allegedly Slugged DJ For Playing Bad Music").
Local television camera crews captured footage of Campos standing outside the club just hours after the early morning attack, holding his shattered eyeglasses, a red mark on the left side of his face.
On Monday, lawyers for the battered DJ, whose real name is Jeremy Campos, filed a lawsuit in Tennessee's Davidson County Court, naming both Rock and the proprietors of Christie's Cabaret. In the action, Campos claims that Rock, "without invitation," entered the booth and shoved him aside "with great force and violence."
Next, Rock "maliciously and wrongfully" punched Campos in the face, "causing severe, disabling and permanent injuries ... to [the] face, head, limbs, neck and body." The suit then claims Rock fled the club "without apology."
In his suit, Campos claims he's suffered pain and mental anguish in the months after Rock's attack, and ever since, he's been "unable to perform social, cultural and business activities." He's charged the club's owners with failing to take adequate security measures to ensure the safety of their employees.
The suit also claims that, because of Rock's aggression, Campos continues to experience "a loss of enjoyment of life."
The suit seeks $500,000 in punitive damages and $75,000 in compensatory damages and related medical expenses Campos had to fork over for treatment of his injuries.
Calls to Kid Rock's label, Lava Records, for comment were not returned by press time.