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Kid Rock ordered to pay Harlen Akins damages for 2007 violent confrontation

09/17/2010 by Corinne Heller

LEFT: Plaintiff Harlen Akins watches the end of the day's  proceedings from a seat at the back of the courtroom in Decatur, Ga.,  Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. Akins is suing entertainer Kid Rock, whose  real name is Robert James Ritchie, and five other people, claiming the  group beat him for no reason at a suburban Atlanta Waffle House in 2007.   / RIGHT: Robert James Ritchie, also known as Kid Rock, testifies,  Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, in a civil trial in Decatur, Ga., which a man  claims Ritchie and members of his entourage beat him during an  early-morning fight at a Waffle House in October 2007. (Photos courtesy  of AP Photo/John Amis / Bob Andres, Pool) Kid Rock was ordered to pay about $6,000 to  former music promoter Harlen Akins, who sued him and his entourage for allegedly beating him up in front of an Atlanta-area Waffle House.

A Georgia jury did not attribute blame to either party but awarded Akins $40,000 in compensatory damages regarding the 2007 violent incident. The money was distributed by the amount of responsibility assigned to the defendants and Kid Rock was ordered to pay 15 percent of the sum.

"As far as we were concerned it was just about money," the Associated Press quoted a lawyer for Kid Rock and his party as saying on Friday.

Akin's attorney denied this and said his client was satisfied with the verdict.

Kid Rock testified a day earlier that members of his entourage hit Akins, 41, out of self-defense during the confrontation but that he himself did not use violence. The rock singer pleaded guilty in 2008 to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery.

Akins, 41, admitted smoking marijuana before the confrontation at the restaurant, where the rock singer and his crew had stopped after performing in the city in October 2007.

Akins said he was acquainted with a member of Kid Rock's entourage, Davina Barnes, and added she sent him derogatory text messages as they sat at adjoining tables at the Waffle House, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. After she allegedly refused to stop texting him, the confrontation escalated.

Akins said Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, cursed at him and members of his entourage punched and kicked him and smashed his cell phone. One of the windows in the Waffle House was busted out and everyone later ended up in the parking lot, Akins said, adding that he did not fight back.

 

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