Apparently Rock N Roll Jesus needs to learn a lesson in loving thy neighbor.
Kid Rock (real name: Robert James Ritchie) was arrested on charges of misdemeanor battery early Sunday morning (October 21) in DeKalb County, Georgia, after he and his entourage allegedly beat up a man at a Waffle House, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Rock was released later Sunday after posting a $1,000 bond. The Associated Press reports that he spent 12 hours in jail, posting the bond around 5 p.m.
Rock was reportedly eating a meal when Harlem DeJon Akins recognized a woman in Rock’s crew and started speaking with her. Rock intervened in the conversation and a fight subsequently broke out between him and Akins, spurring five men who were with Rock to get involved.
“He and five members of his entourage were involved in a fight with a male customer inside the Waffle House,” DeKalb County Police Department spokeswoman Mekka Parish told AP. “It escalated to a physical altercation between Kid Rock and that male customer, and moved outside to the parking lot.”
Akins suffered minor cuts and bruises after punching and breaking a window at the Waffle House. When the fight ended, Rock and his crew apparently left in their tour bus and were stopped a mile away from the restaurant. They were taken into custody and charged with battery. The other men in Rock’s crew were George P. Vourvoulias, James W. Murphy, Brian O. Lang, Jason E. Krause and Aaron Julison. Akins faces a felony charge of second-degree criminal damage to property for breaking the window, which was valued at more than $500.
Rock and his group were in town for his Saturday night show at the Tabernacle to hype his new release, Rock N Roll Jesus. While the LP is at the top of the Billboard albums chart, Rock’s public outbursts have been stealing some of the attention. Beyond the Sunday incident, Rock also made headlines when he scuffled with ex-Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards in September. Rock later told MTV News that a lingering “level of disrespect” between he and Lee had provoked the incident.