MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – Uncle Kracker says he didn't sexually assault a woman in a North Carolina nightclub, and he's not entirely happy that he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor assault to avoid a trial.
The 33-year-old singer, whose real name is Matthew Shafer, told The Detroit News and The Oakland Press of Pontiac on Monday that he struck a 26-year-old woman after she hit him. He said it started when he bumped into her during a party after a concert in Raleigh in August.
Authorities alleged Shafer had put his hand up the woman's skirt at the club.
She later reported the incident to an off-duty police officer.
Shafer pleaded guilty in September to a misdemeanor assault charge. A judge sentenced him to 12 months' probation, fined him $1,500 and ordered him to undergo an alcohol assessment.
"There was no sexual anything involved," Shafer told the News.
"Assault is a far cry from sexual battery. You can either wait a year, spend 150 grand, go to trial, make more of a debacle out of it, or you can get it over with," he said.
Shafer said he regrets the incident, but he's not sorry about his reaction to being struck.
Shafer, a Michigan native, is a former disc jockey for Kid Rock. His hits include a duet with Kenny Chesney, "When the Sun Goes Down."