Motley Crue singer pleads innocent
Saturday, September 28, 2002 Posted: 5:30 AM EDT (0930 GMT)



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LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil pleaded innocent Friday to attacking a record producer outside the famed Rainbow Room nightclub in West Hollywood.

The pair allegedly tangled in the nightclub's parking lot on April 28 in a dust-up that ended with a fractured elbow for producer Michael Schuman and misdemeanor battery charge for Neil.

Neither Schuman nor Neil, whose full name is Vincent Neil Wharton, were required to be present for the hearing at the Beverly Hills courthouse.

Neil's lawyer Sara Kaplan entered his plea. A pretrial hearing was set for November 19.

Schuman's attorney Trent Copeland said Neil approached his client in the nightclub's parking lot and "slugged him several times in the face" although the two had never met.

Schuman, who has collaborated with the Jackson, Little Richard, Pat Boone and Stevie Wonder, injured his arm falling to the ground, Copeland said.