Comedian Katt Williams was detained again this week after an Atlanta, Georgia, show. He was arrested for allegedly assaulting a department store employee and detained for allegedly robbing five women at gunpoint. Allegedly, he may have been angry with fellow comedian Kevin Hart and already dealing with an earlier arrest when the attack began.
On February 29, Williams had visited Leslie’s Pool Supplies and allegedly attacked clerk Paul Love after being called the N-word. After the interaction escalated, Williams allegedly threw something at the clerk and then punched him. Officers say Williams had been found outside the store and lying on his stomach with his hands behind his back.
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Katt’s attorney, William Briggs, explained the arrest incident.
“What I understand is some racial statement was made… which set him off and his statement was, ‘[Are] you kidding me? [This] is the last day of black history month and you’re going to say something like that to me.'”
The ensuing altercation earned the comedian a $5,000 bond, according to CBS Atlanta.
Another incident on Sunday morning suggests that Katt Williams’ Atlanta arrest was possibly related to anger over a recent feud with Kevin Hart.
According to WGN TV, Williams had closed out a set of standup performances in Atlanta when he’d added accusations against the fellow comedian.
“I’ve already proven that if the best they got in comedy is Kevin Hart — don’t you boo a black man working hard, baby. Even if that [**** is] a puppet, it’s not his fault. We don’t get mad. Just because I’m better than some black dudes, doesn’t mean I’m better than no black dudes. I’m saying if you want to be mad at Kermit The Frog, don’t be mad at Kermit The Frog, be mad at Jim Henson. Don’t say, ‘**** Donald Duck’ when you really mean, ‘**** Walt Disney.'”
During this particular statement, Katt Williams’ Atlanta crowd started booing. On Sunday night, Kevin Hart responded with an Instagram post featuring himself, Dave Chappelle, and Oscars host Chris Rock. The caption included a note about professional comedians sticking together and not tearing each other down.
Sunday morning around 2:30, before these attacks began, Salena Boston had been visiting Atlanta with four of her friends when they recognized Williams and allegedly asked if they could get a picture with him. He allegedly agreed, according to the New York Daily News, and everything seemed okay at first. The Atlanta Journal Constitution says one of the women started recording him on video and it upset him.
Attorney Loletha Hale claims that Katt Williams and 15 members of his group had started flashing gang signs and held the women at gunpoint before taking their phones.
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Williams told the police something very different. He claimed that they had been harassing him and taking pictures without his consent. When one of them allegedly took a chain off his neck, he had his friends help him out. He claimed one of the women “was going to her car to get something to pop somebody” and had one of his posse pull out a firearm and set it on a concrete post.
Police arrived and handcuffed the comedian but made no arrests at that time. A press conference today may reveal more.
Do you think Katt William’s second Atlanta incident this week was a setup, or was he upset with Kevin Hart and acting out on it?
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