"Kid Rock" reacts as he listens while the plaintiff's attorney plays the 911 recording from the night of a fight. Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, is on trial Wednesday Sept. 15, 2010, in Decatur, Ga. in connection with a lawsuit filed against him after a fight at a Waffle House restaurant in suburban Atlanta in October 2007. (AP Photo/Pool, Bob Andres)
DECATUR, Ga. - Musician Kid Rock is expected to take the stand in a civil trial stemming from a 2007 fight at an Atlanta area Waffle House restaurant.
Kid Rock — whose real name is Robert James Ritchie — and five members of his entourage are being sued over the fight. Kid Rock was in court Tuesday and Wednesday and is expected to testify Thursday.
Harlen Akins claims the musician cursed at him during the early morning fight, and then members of his entourage beat Akins up and smashed his cellphone.
Kid Rock pleaded guilty in March 2008 to a misdemeanour charge of simple battery.
The musician stopped at the restaurant following a performance in Atlanta. The fight broke out after Akins recognized a woman in Kid Rock's party and spoke to her.