Kid Rock gets probation for brawl

A handout photo shows a police mug shot of musician Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, in Georgia October 21, 2007. REUTERS/Dekalb Sheriff's Office

MIAMI (Reuters) - A court sentenced musician Kid Rock to 12 months probation and six hours of anger management counselling for his involvement in a post-concert fight at a restaurant near Atlanta last year.

Rock, who was born Robert J. Ritchie, was also sentenced on Monday to 80 hours of community service and fined $1000 (502 pounds), according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Web site.

The entertainer pleaded no contest at a court in DeKalb county, Georgia, to one count of simple battery.

Four other counts of battery were dropped over the incident in which he allegedly punched and kicked a customer at a Waffle House restaurant in DeKalb county east of Atlanta in October.

That month, Rock’s album “Rock N Roll Jesus” debuted at No. 1, a first for the Michigan-born musician. In May it was certified platinum, according to the artist’s Web site.

Writing by Matthew Bigg; editing by Anthony Boadle