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Testimony Underway in Kid Rock Civil Trial
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DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Testimony is underway in the civil trial against musician Kid Rock stemming from a fight at a Waffle House restaurant near Atlanta.

Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, and five members of his entourage appeared Tuesday before a DeKalb County judge.

In the lawsuit, Harlen Akins claims the musician cursed at him during the early-morning fight in October 2007, and members of his entourage beat Akins up and smashed his cell phone.

Akins attorney, Eric Hertz, questioned a female employee who was in the restaurant at the time of the altercation.

Waitress Melissa Burke said she initially thought Akins and Kid Rock's group were there together, but then watched things escalate.  She said she saw Kid Rock hit Akins and Akins did not fight back.

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

The musician stopped at the restaurant following a performance in Atlanta. The fight reportedly broke out after Akins recognized a woman in Kid Rock's party and spoke to her.

Akins filed the lawsuit in 2007.

Testimony continues Wednesday.

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