Uncle Kracker Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Assault

Uncle Kracker has been fined $1,500 and sentenced to 12 months of probation after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman at a Raleigh, N.C., nightclub last month. The singer and rapper, whose real name is Matthew Shafer, appeared in a Raleigh courtroom on Friday (Sept. 28) to enter the plea to the misdemeanor assault charge. He was arrested on Aug. 17 after appearing at an outdoor concert. Prosecutors said the entertainer had been drinking heavily when he visited the club and stumbled down a staircase into the woman, who alleged he groped her buttocks and her vaginal area. He was released on $75,000 bond after the charge was reduced from a felony charge of second-degree forcible sex. His attorney, James Crouch, said the incident “was blown completely out of proportion, partly due to who he is.” The attorney added, “He maintains that he didn’t do anything intentional. He wants some closure for him and his family. He regrets the entire situation.”