Katt Williams was arrested Sunday in Studio City, California. The comedian is accused of hitting an unidentified female at around 10:30 a.m. at a local hotel.
KTLA 5 reports that Williams, 44, reportedly punched a female who works at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, off of Ventura Blvd., after some sort of altercation between the two. According to LAPD officer Liliana Preciado, another woman at the scene placed Williams under citizen’s arrest until officers arrived.
Although the details of the incident are still under investigation and it’s still unclear what provoked the situation, Williams was booked into a Los Angeles-area jail on a misdemeanor battery charge. His bail was set at $20,000.
The incident marks the 13th time Williams has been arrested since 2006. On November 13, 2006, the actor was arrested at the Los Angeles airport after airport police found a stolen gun in his briefcase.
According to Officer Belinda Nettles, “An unknown object popped up on the X-ray monitor, and a search of his briefcase turned up an unloaded gun that was found to have been reported stolen.”
In November 2010, while working on a movie in Coweta, Georgia, Williams was arrested for allegedly stealing $3,500 in coins and jewelry. He was charged with burglary and criminal trespass. Less than a year later, Williams was arrested in Los Angeles after reportedly attacking a tractor trailer driver and preventing him from leaving. He was arrested on one felony count of intimidation of a witness.
In November 2012, Williams was arrested once again after allegedly assaulting an 18-year-old teen from Berkeley, California. Police records indicate that the victim claimed the comedian hit him over the head with a bottle in Oakland just outside of Williams’ tour bus.
A month later, Williams was allegedly involved in a bar argument in the South Lake Union, followed by a bench warrant arrest five days later in Sacramento. A few weeks later, Williams was arrested in Los Angeles on child endangerment charges after an L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services investigation uncovered illegal drugs and weapons in his home, where his four children live.
In January 2013, the actor was taken to jail for failure to appear in court. The following year, Williams, along with music mogul Suge Knight, was arrested for stealing a female photographer’s camera outside of a Beverly Hills studio. They were both accused of also making criminal threats to the photographer.
In February, Williams was arrested in Gainesville, Georgia, after he reportedly assaulted a pool supply store employee. The employee told police that Williams began arguing with him, threw a pair of goggles at him, and then struck him with his fists at least once. FOX 13 reports that when authorities arrived to the scene, they found Williams “lying on the ground with his hands behind his back as though he was ready to go to jail.”
A month later, Williams was involved in a fight in Gainesville with 17-year-old student Luke Wash. The incident was caught on film and quickly went viral online. According to Wash, he was “chillin’ on a field,” playing soccer, when Williams approached him and his friends and asked to join in.
‘We were playing a game of soccer and I just thought it was a soccer game, but stuff happens in sports. He took me over to a secluded area and asked me to hit him and I was like, ‘I’m not just going to hit you. You want to square up?’ And then he sucker-punched me so I did what I did.”
The video depicted the teen putting Williams in a headlock and wrestling him to the ground. Williams was later charged with disorderly conduct.
Katt Williams made bond and was released from jail today at around 4 p.m., according to jail records. His representative was not available for comment.
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