Barton Released From Jail!
He, his brother and a friend, were arrested in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Thursday morning following a complaint to police by city centre CCTV operators.
Barton's solicitor Daniel Weed said: "Mr Joseph Barton has been granted bail with conditions until he appears at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on January 16."
Bail conditions were not revealed.
Barton, wearing the black jumper he was arrested in, a grey top and jeans, left prison at 6pm.
He climbed into a silver Audi A5 and sat in the rear with Mr Weed.
Barton, who is charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray, will next appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on January 16.
The court also decided that a charge of criminal damage against Barton, following an incident in a taxi in March 2005, will also be heard that day.