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Jury Awards $40,000 in Damages in Kid Rock Case

DECATUR, GA -- A DeKalb County jury has awarded $40,000 in compensatory damages to a man who claimed to have been beaten by musician Kid Rock and his entourage during a 2007 fight at a local Waffle House restaurant.

Harlen Akins sued Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, and five members of his entourage over the fight. The judge dismissed two of the defendants Thursday.

Akins was seeking $6,000 in medical fees and an unspecified amount in punitive damages. The jury decided not to award punitive damages on Friday.

The responsibility for the compensatory damages will be divided among the four remaining defendants based on the level of fault jurors judged for each of them.

Kid Rock is only responsible for $6,000 of the $40,000 in damages. His guitarist, who is seen throwing the first punch in surveillance video, will have to pay the brunt of the damages, $28,000. 

In March 2008, Kid Rock pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery stemming from the fight.

Kid Rock's attorney said his client had tried to settle the case before it went to court, but Akins' lawyer had asked for nearly $3 million.

Akins' lawyer says that request may have come from a former lawyer, not him. He said his client was pleased with the verdict because it was issue of right versus wrong and Kid Rock and his entourage were in the wrong.


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