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Assault Victim Files Lawsuit Against Uncle Kracker

Posted January 18, 2008

— A woman filed a lawsuit against country-rock-rap artist Uncle Kracker this week, nearly four months after he pleaded guilty to assaulting her at a Raleigh nightclub.

The woman was seeking at least $20,000 in punitive and compensatory damages from the singer, whose real name is Michael Shafer.

In September, Shafer submitted an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a woman. He originally faced a felony charge of second-degree forcible sex offense.

The Alford plea allows a defendant to plead guilty while still maintaining his innocence. It acknowledges that there is enough evidence against him that a judge or jury might convict him.

Police arrested Shafer, who was in town for a performance, at the Embassy Suites in Cary on Aug. 17, 2007, after a 26-year-old woman accused him of committing a sex act against her at the Ess Lounge in Raleigh.

Prosecutors claimed Shafer stumbled down some steps, put his hand under the woman's skirt and touched her "buttocks and vaginal area." The woman exchanged words with Shafer and slapped him, and then Shafer slapped her, prosecutors said.

The two did not know each other, police said.

The Michigan native jump-started his career in the mid 1990s as a disc jockey for Kid Rock. He sold 2 million copies of his debut solo album, "Double Wide," released in 2000, and had hit singles with "Follow Me" in 2001 and a cover of the 1973 Dobie Gray single "Drift Away" in 2002.


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  • readme Jan 21, 2008

    I don't like the idea of him getting sued for this. He should be tried in the criminal sytem, not sued in the civil system. I doubt the Uncle will get much sympathy, but I don't like the idea of someone pleading guilty and receiving punishment, then also getting sued. She is just going after the money, because he's already been punished by the criminal justice system.

  • Fuquay Resident Jan 18, 2008

    If every woman (or man) who gets grabbed in a bar sued, there would be an even bigger backlog in the court system. If I had $20K for everytime I've been grabbed in a bar, I'd be a rich man.

  • mickyfan Jan 18, 2008

    I commented earlier that it sounds like just someone trying to get 15 minutes of fame by suing a celebrity and it never got posted.

  • mickyfan Jan 18, 2008

    I guess you have to dislike Uncle Kracker and write something sympathetic about the woman to get your comment on here. I guess peoples opinions don't count if WRAL moderators don't agree with them.

  • Slip Kid Jan 18, 2008

    I can kind of understand this ladies' lawsuit, BUT... does this send the message that everybody is responsible for everybody elses 'happiness' and 'stress'? If this were the basis for many lawsuits (unfortunately it is), we'd all be 'liable' for anybody we disappoint! Life is hard, get over it.

  • teach4er Jan 18, 2008

    If Kracker pays this lady her money, will 101.5 start playing his music again in their 'cycle' ?

  • bottleworks Jan 18, 2008

    She should get all his money... 20K is nothing to him.

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  • gto77 Jan 18, 2008

    $20,000...She'll get $7,500 after the lawyers get through with the case....

  • Adelinthe Jan 18, 2008

    "Does that mean that if you have mothers, daughters, sisters, girlfriends or whatever that you feel a stranger has the right to put his hand under her dress and touch her at his will?"

    Good question for some of you good'ol boys.

    No woman should never be treated with less respect than you show your own mother, at any time or under any circumstances.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB