Kid Rock appeared in a DeKalb County courthouse in Decatur, Georgia, on Thursday to testify in a lawsuit stemming from a 2007 fight at a Waffle House restaurant, the Associated Press reports. Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, testified that he didn't hit Harlen Akins and that a fight hadn't even occurred until Akins provoked the singer.
Akins, who is seeking $6,000 in medical fees and unspecified damages, claimed that he has no idea what set off Rock and his entourage. Rock testified that while certain parties of his entourage may have hit Akins, he himself never touched him. "I gave it to him verbally, I said, 'Shut your mouth, man,'" he said in court.
Rock, who was sentenced to a year of probation following the incident, further explained that Akins, an event promoter and caterer, angered the party after he insulted Davina Barnes, a woman with Rock's entourage, and later asked about Rock's ex-wife, Pamela Anderson. Rock explained that he and his party were acting in self-defense.
"I still don't even know what did I say to him to start this jumping on me," Akins said, adding that he was speaking to Barnes, whom he knows, regarding phone calls and text messages he had been receiving from her. He denied insulting her or asking about Anderson and said he isn't sure what happened to cause the fight.
While the specifics of the incident may be questioned by both parties, both men admit to being intoxicated at the time of the incident. Rock said he had consumed more than a six-pack of beer at the time of the argument and that he was at the Waffle House celebrating the fact that his latest album had hit #1 on the charts. Akins said he had had a few shots of cognac and had smoked marijuana.
Rock was one of several defendants in the case (two others, including Barnes, have been dismissed). The jury deliberates Friday (September 17). "I feel like I'm a big number in the lawsuit lottery," Rock said of the lawsuit. Akins is seeking $6000 for medical fees and unspecified damages.