Judge throws out Kid Rock's lawsuit


PONTIAC, Mich. -- A judge is fed up with Kid Rock for failing to show up for a court-ordered deposition.

Oakland County (Mich.) Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit the rocker filed this year against Kelly Ann Kozlowski, a Novi woman he said embarrassed and defamed him in a police report.

"What's special about him? Why does he get to violate a court's order?" Kumar asked Kid Rock's attorney, William Horton, after learning Kid Rock failed to show up for a deposition that she had ordered to take place by the end of October.

Horton said the singer had schedule conflicts and noted he had proposed alternative November dates.

Kozlowski has sued Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, claiming he roughed her up outside his Clarkston recording studio March 8. Her claims were investigated by authorities, but no charges were brought.

The judge also entered a default against Kid Rock in Kozlowski's complaint, which seeks more than $25,000 in damages. The ruling means Kid Rock will be unable to contest Kozlowski's lawsuit at a Feb. 5 trial.

Kozlowski's attorneys, brothers Drew Norton and Scott Norton, told the Detroit News the decision means liability is not an issue in the case. Barring an appeal, a jury will be asked to determine how much Kozlowski is entitled to in damages.

Meanwhile, Kid Rock faces a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an Oct. 21 arrest in Atlanta. He and five members of his entourage were cited after a brawl with a male customer at a Waffle House restaurant.