Kid Rock

Rick Diamond/WireImage.com

No more waffling over Kid Rock's punishment.

The Detroit rap-rocker's battery case is a done deal, with the 37-year-old pleading no contest Monday in a DeKalb County, Ga., courthouse to one count of simple battery in connection to last fall's Waffle House smackdown.

In exchange, the Kid, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, was sentenced to one year of probation, six hours of anger-management counseling, 80 hours of community service and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

"I think my client is satisfied," attorney Darryl Cohen said, adding that Rock was "not terribly unhappy" with the sentence.

"He would like to have tried it. He came within a hairbreadth of going to trial."

As of March, Kid was refusing to cop to culpability in the case, pleading not guilty to the misdemeanor stemming from an October 2007 brawl at the Atlanta-area breakfast-purveying chain.

Following an Oct. 21 concert in the city, a member of the singer's entourage got into a heated debate with a fellow Waffle House patron. The altercation grew to include the music star and subsequently moved outside.

Rock and his crew tried to beat a hasty retreat, but cops chased down the tour bus shortly after and took Rock and five others into custody.

Two of the group pleaded no contest and received sentences comparable to Rock. All charges were dropped for the remaining three.

Aside from his sentence, Rock has already taken it upon himself to make amends for his actions.

In March, he made a charity appearance at a Georgia Waffle House, in which he took orders, signed autographs and auctioned off concert tickets as his way of apologizing for the ruckus.

  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share

We and our partners use cookies on this site to improve our service, perform analytics, personalize advertising, measure advertising performance, and remember website preferences. By using the site, you consent to these cookies. For more information on cookies including how to manage your consent visit our Cookie Policy.