Lawyer: Kid Rock was defending himself in 07 fight

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - September 14, 2010

Attorney William Horton made the claim Tuesday during his opening statement in DeKalb County Court. The entertainer whose real name is Robert James Ritchie and five members of his entourage are facing a civil lawsuit over the fight.

Harlen Akins claims in the lawsuit that the group beat him for no reason. He's seeking unspecified punitive damages.

Kid Rock pleaded guilty in March 2008 to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery.

The musician had stopped at the restaurant after performing in Atlanta, and the fight broke out after Akins exchanged words with Kid Rock's party.

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