Judge issues arrest warrants for no-show comedian Katt Williams
Stand-up comic Katt Williams was again a no-show at his arraignment Wednesday morning in Seattle Municipal Court, and a judge issued two warrants for Williams' arrest for failing to appear.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Trouble-prone stand-up comic Katt Williams was again a no-show at his arraignment Wednesday morning in Seattle Municipal Court and a judge issued two warrants for Williams' arrest for failing to appear.
Williams' attorney, Thomas McAllister, told the judge that Williams' management called him at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and said some sort of medical issue prevented the comedian from flying to Seattle from Los Angeles to attend his arraignment. Municipal Court Judge Willie Gregory found probable cause on three misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault stemming from two incidents in Seattle a week and a half ago.
Gregory asked whether Williams had a doctor's appointment or if he suffered some kind of medical emergency, but McAllister said he didn't know. The attorney said he expected to hear from Williams' doctor in the next 24 hours, and requested 72 hours to provide the court and Senior Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Miller with more details of Williams' medical condition.
"He was either in an emergency facility or a doctor's office this morning," McAllister later said in the hallway outside the courtroom in the King County Jail. He said he expects the two $2,500 warrants to be quickly quashed, adding: "I know Mr. Williams is eager to address these matters."
Williams failed to show up at his arraignment last Thursday. McAllister blamed it on a misunderstanding, saying Williams had read a Seattle Times story in which a spokeswoman for the City Attorney's Office mistakenly said Williams didn't have to appear as long as his attorney was present.
Williams' arraignment is now scheduled for Tuesday.
According to charges filed by the Seattle City Attorney's Office, Williams struck a man over the head with a microphone during his Nov. 30 performance at the Paramount Theatre. Williams was allegedly angry that the man was recording his show.
Early the following morning, Williams threw a chair at two fans who were trying to meet him after the show, according to the City Attorney's Office.
Last week, Carlos Castro-Lino, the man Williams is accused of striking with a microphone, filed a lawsuit against the comedian and Seattle Theatre Group (STG), the organization that runs the Paramount Theatre.
Castro-Lino, of Kent, is seeking at least $250,000 in damages.
On Dec. 1, Williams 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 police.
The following afternoon, he returned to the World 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 before they arrested him for investigation of obstruction, according to a police report.
Williams was arrested Friday night in Northern California on a warrant issued out of Sacramento, according to The Sacramento Bee.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says Williams fled officers on a three-wheeled motorcycle on Nov. 25 after being spotted driving on a downtown Sacramento sidewalk. The CHP said Williams was asked to stop and refused, leading to the pursuit, which police ended for safety reasons.
The paper says Williams was released from jail Saturday after posting bail.
According to McAllister, the California warrant was quashed and Williams is to appear for arraignment on that case on Jan. 17.
Arlene Hampton, who said she is a friend of Williams', was in Seattle Municipal Court on Wednesday to show her support for the comedian. Hampton, 42, of Seattle, said after one of his Seattle shows, Williams gave away $10,000 in $100 bills "to concertgoers and to homeless people as he drove around." She said Williams was having "family time" with his children at the World Sports Grille on Dec. 2 when he was arrested.
A call to Williams' management company, ICM Partners in Los Angeles, was not immediately returned Wednesday.
Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org