Vince Neil (Motley Crue) Criminal/Civil Case

Vince Neil pleads no contest to charge

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A lawyer for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil entered a no contest plea to misdemeanor battery in an assault involving a record producer outside a Sunset Strip nightclub last year.

Neil, whose given name is Vincent Neil Wharton, was not at Monday's hearing.

A Superior Court judge ordered the 42-year-old singer to complete 100 hours of community service, pay restitution and go through a booking process, which would place his fingerprints on file with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The charge came from a fight on April 28, 2002, at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in West Hollywood with record producer Michael Schuman. The two men had never met before that night.

Schuman's attorney, Trent Copeland, said Neil came up to Schuman in the club's parking lot and struck him several times in the face. His client fell and broke an elbow when he hit the ground, Copeland said.

Schuman has worked with Little Richard, Pat Boone and Stevie Wonder.