It looks like Kid Rock has learned a thing or two from Pamela Anderson's ex Tommy Lee about dealing with the paparazzi.
After leaving a club in Malibu, California, on Friday night, Rock was allegedly involved in a scuffle with a photographer.
In a tape aired on "Entertainment Tonight" on Tuesday, Rock and Anderson are seen leaving the Malibu Inn after Rock jumped up onstage to play an impromptu set at the 450-capacity venue. A group of paparazzi swarm around the couple and begin snapping pictures and shooting video, as Rock — dressed in a black T-shirt, white fedora and khaki pants and with his hair pulled into a ponytail — appears to throw his drink on one of the photogs.
The tape then shows what purports to be footage of Rock — now wearing a red-and-white baseball hat pulled low over his face, a white tank top, khaki pants and hair pulled back — grabbing the same photographer by the neck and flinging him into traffic on the busy Pacific Coast Highway as several cars speed by in an adjacent lane. Removing the smoke from his mouth, Rock then grabs hold of the photographer's sweatshirt and throws a punch at his head, missing, as the unnamed paparazzo runs away.
The "Entertainment Tonight" piece claims other photogs on the scene called an ambulance and police and that one of the photographers can be heard talking on his cell phone, saying, "He said, 'If you give this to the press I'm coming after your family.' "
The video then showed one of the photographers lying down on the pavement as an ambulance arrived, seemingly at the urging of one of his cohorts. The paparazzo involved in the scuffle, who appeared uninjured as he quickly ran away from Rock, is then seen strapped down to a headboard as he is loaded into the ambulance, which then reportedly took him to a hospital where he was treated for undisclosed injuries.
"There is an alleged assault incident we are investigating," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Tim Youngern, who would not elaborate on who was involved in the alleged altercation. Youngern said it could be several weeks before officials are ready to comment on the case.
A spokesperson for Rock did not respond by press time, and a Malibu Inn manager said he could not comment on the incident.
Rock, who threw a surprise 36th birthday party for Anderson at the low-key bar/restaurant in July, was not scheduled to play the Malibu Inn Friday night.
"We went into the club to have a drink and then there was a band playing and they said, 'Hey, would you guys like to play?' " Rock said at Sunday's American Music Awards (see "50 Cent, Luther Vandross Take Home Multiple AMAs; Many Artists Skip Out"). "We said, 'Of course, we'd love to,' and they made a big production out of it. The owner did a sneak move and went and put our name on the marquee."
Tommy Lee got into a scuffle with a photographer outside the Viper Room in Hollywood in 1996 (see "Tommy Lee Settles Photographer Suit, Video Moves To Federal Court").