03/03/2008 at 11:00 AM EST
Kid Rock pleaded not guilty Monday to a battery charge stemming from a fight at a Waffle House in Atlanta last fall.
Rock (a.k.a. Robert James Ritchie) was not present but was represented by his attorney, Darryl Cohen, who waived an arraignment hearing and entered the plea on Ritchie's behalf in DeKalb County State Court, according to Cohen's office, the Associated Press reports.
Rock maintains that he was provoked
into the Waffle House fight, which led to him and five members of his entourage getting arrested Oct. 21
on a misdemeanor charge of simple battery.
The group had stopped for some grub following his "great show" at The Tabernacle. "We were having a good time. And one kid just started [talking]. ... One thing led to another, and windows were broken," the rocker said at the time.
He added, in the words of Johnny Cash, that what followed was a lot of "cussin' and fussin' in the mud and the blood and beer."