Comedian 'Katt' Williams to face court appearance on obstruction, harassment and assault allegations
Stand-up comedian Micah "Katt" Williams is scheduled for a court appearance Thursday after a weekend in Seattle that included a short stay in King County Jail on allegations of obstruction, harassment and assault, according to Seattle police.
Seattle Times staff reporter
After weeks of news reports of his erratic, often violent behavior, stand-up comedian Micah "Katt" Williams capped off a weekend in Seattle with a short stay in King County Jail on allegations of obstruction, harassment and assault, according to Seattle police.
After failing to show up for a Thursday night performance at the Paramount Theatre, Williams took the stage Friday. After the show, some fans called police, saying Williams had attacked them when they tried to take a photograph with him, according to an item posted on the Seattle Police Department's online blotter.
Williams told officers the fans had tried to force their way into his dressing room and denied assaulting anyone, the blotter item says. No arrests were made.
Though Williams told officers he planned to cancel his Saturday show and leave town, Williams stuck around and got into a dispute with a patron of the World Sports Grille on Westlake Avenue North in the South Lake Union neighborhood on Saturday night, according to a police report.
Then on Sunday afternoon, he returned to the Worlds Sports Grille, where he allegedly screamed at patrons, threatened a bar manager with a pool cue, flicked a cigarette in a woman's face and threw a rock at a car window, police said.
He also is accused of being aggressive with officers, who briefly took Williams to the ground before getting him into the back of a patrol car, according to a police report about the incident.
Jail records show Williams was released at 12:17 a.m. Monday. His tour manager, record company CEO Suge Knight, posted Williams' bail, the celebrity-news site TMZ.com reported.
Williams is scheduled to make a court appearance Thursday morning, said Kimberly Mills, a spokeswoman for the Seattle City Attorney's Office.
According to the Seattle police report, officers were called to the World Sports Grille at 2:30 p.m. Sunday on a call about a customer waving a pool cue in a manager's face. The man wasn't inside the bar at the time and officers did an area check, stopping by a recreational vehicle parked outside the business, then heading to a nearby restaurant, where an employee asked officers if they were looking for Williams, the report says.
As the officers doubled back to the bar, they saw Williams inside and confirmed with bar employees that he was the man they had been called about, according to the report.
Once outside the bar, Williams refused to acknowledge an officer's Miranda warnings and told the officer "he had been arrested over 30 times in the last few months," the police report says. The officer also wrote that Williams threatened to sue the officer and the Police Department and said the arrest would cost the officer his job, the report says.
The manager of the bar told officers Williams "had been acting aggressively toward other customers" and had been yelling, using profanities "and getting within inches of people's faces," the police report says.
Williams began playing pool and got into an argument with other customers; when the manager intervened, Williams "picked up a pool stick, raised it and pointed it" at the manager's face, the report says.
While officers were investigating, a woman called the bar and told police she had been assaulted and threatened by Williams, the report says. Details of that incident aren't included in the report, but a note on the SPD blotter reads: "Williams' assault on a woman with a lit cigarette is detailed in a separate victim statement, which is not releasable at this time."
On Nov. 15, Williams was arrested by Oakland, Calif., police after allegedly hitting a man in the head with a bottle on a tour bus parked outside a hotel, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He was booked into jail on investigation of assault and was released the next day.
Two days after his Oakland arrest, Williams was sued by a concertgoer who said he and hundreds of fans were cheated when Williams took off his clothes and challenged people to fight during a concert in Oakland earlier in November, The Sacramento Bee reported.
On Nov. 25, Williams led a California Highway Patrol officer on a pursuit, driving a three-wheel motorcycle on a sidewalk and running several red lights in downtown Sacramento. The pursuit was called off because of safety concerns, but Sacramento police identified Williams as the motorcycle driver, The Bee reported.
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Information in this article, originally published Dec. 3, 2012, was corrected Dec. 7, 2012. In a previous version of this story, Seattle Attorney's Office spokeswoman Kimberly Mills incorrectly said Williams did not have to appear at his Thursday arraignment if an attorney appeared on his behalf. Williams did have to appear.