John S. Hausman of The Grand Rapids Press has issued the following report:
Rocker Ted Nugent's career suffered after Muskegon Summer Celebration canceled his scheduled June 2003 show, his booking agent said.
He said a press release blaming Nugent's "use of ... potentially offensive racial terms" during a radio interview led to a lack of concerts in 2004.
After that, "The phones died. It seemed like Ted was a pariah," testified agent Adam Kornfeld, the first witness at the jury trial of Nugent's breach-of-contract lawsuit against the Muskegon festival.
Muskegon's version of a celebrity trial Tuesday drew more attention than the county's typical court case, but public interest was far from the scale of a Hollywood celebrity court case.
Cameras and reporters from West Michigan television stations and newspapers were in court, but there was no presence from news media outside West Michigan. And Nugent drew a small circle of loyal fans throughout the day, but hardly a crowd.
A cluster of fewer than a dozen admirers waited for him to leave after the day in court ended at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Nugent obligingly posed for photos and signed autographs.
The 56-year-old rocker, outdoorsman and bowhunting enthusiast dressed casually for court, wearing black jeans, boots, a dark shirt, no tie and an outdoor jacket with camouflage shoulders.
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