The MTV Video Music Awards prides itself on unscripted moments – and Sunday’s show was no exception: Kid Rock reportedly punched rocker Tommy Lee during the ceremony. (See MTV’s video below.)
As MTV veejay Sway reported during the post-show telecast: “Tommy Lee was sitting by Diddy. [Kid Rock] just walked up and decked him!” It was unclear how the fight started, but security guards were quick to respond.
Las Vegas police say Kid Rock was cited for the brawl. “Upon our arrival, Kid Rock was issued a citation at the Palms for misdemeanor battery. It will require him to make a court appearance in probably three to five weeks,” Las Vegas police Officer Bill Cassell tells PEOPLE. “Both parties were released at the scene.”
According to an onlooker in the audience, “They had each other at the necks, they were practically strangling each other.” Another eyewitness saw Tommy Lee escorted out, “screaming the f-word over and over again.” He was taken out into main casino in front of thousands of fans.
“I was minding myself and then he goes and punches me on the cheek,” Lee told The Insider. “I was trying to be the bigger man, but he was acting childish.”
He added that after Kid came up and punched him, he “was ready to go in the alley and kick his a–.”
“I was about to put Kid in the emergency room when security grabbed me,” Lee said. “They said, ‘If you move, we will break your arms.’ ”
While the fight was not televised, it was certainly a topic of conversation during the ceremony.
As Jamie Foxx came out to present the Best New Artist award with Jennifer Garner, he joked, “Stop all of this white-on-white crime. Tommy Lee and Kid Rock fighting like black folks – it’s hilarious.” As the crowd hooted, Foxx, added, “Who won? I was in the bathroom.” And he noted, in jest, “Pamela Anderson has got a hard choice to make.”
Anderson has been married to both rockers, who have feuded in the past. While she most recently divorced Kid Rock – in February – she still maintains a friendship with Tommy Lee, with whom she has two sons.
Later in the telecast, Diddy also referenced the spat before introducing the final performance. “I was supposed to be doing this with Kid Rock, but you know, we got to stop the violence,” he joked. “It’s not just hip-hop artists that fight.”
• Reporting by MARK GRAY and JENNIFER GARCIA