Ted Williams on Spat With Kid: 'Fists Got to Flying'
Daughter claims golden voice 'drinks a bottle of vodka a night'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2011 8:59 AM CST
Ted Williams shows Entertainment Tonight the scratches on his face.   (Entertainment Tonight via the New York Daily News)

(Newser) – How quickly golden-voiced homeless man Ted Williams went from celebrated comeback story … to scandalous Entertainment Tonight headline. Williams and his daughter went on the show last night to talk about Monday night’s run-in with the LAPD, which resulted in Williams being detained. Williams was in California for an episode of Dr. Phil, airing today, in which he reunited with his estranged wife and five of his daughters, E! reports—and apparently one of those daughters didn’t take the reunion so well.

Williams says 29-year-old Janey hit him after the family got into an argument at a hotel, the New York Daily News reports. “Fists got to flying—none of which were mine," said Williams, who was sporting scratches on his face and nose. He claims Janey threatened to sell his story. For her part, Janey claims dear old dad is still drinking: “He's consumed at least a bottle of Grey Goose a night, at least. That's not including the Coronas he orders, that's not including the Budweisers he orders, that's not including the other alcohol, the wines.” Click for more, and to watch video clips from the interview.

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Jan 12, 2011 4:51 PM CST
as soon as I heard this guy''s story, I KNEW it was gonna end badly! you just cant take a homeless guy and give him a ton of cash, treat him like royality, and expect him to transform from the frog to the prince, overnight..there are real serious reasons that put people out there, most of them caused by their own personal actions. We glamorize them while NOT helping them..but you all have to know, if you're NOT homeless, its because you can cope with life..if you're living on the streets, chances are, you've made some big big mistakes! and a shower & a suit dont wash away that kind of mistakes. sad but true..I saw this guy on Dr Phil, he couldnt stop crying, he was on overload from probably the first good meal he's had in years, and going from invisible to front page news..there's no where to go but down...again..
Jan 12, 2011 4:03 PM CST
Get this man cleaned up , into rehab and behind a microphone doing what (hopefully) he does best and get his picture/personal life out of the headlines. The drama, The Drama, it's all about the drama.
Jan 12, 2011 2:30 PM CST
When he was down and out, nobody from the family cares to help him, then suddenly he was IT all the people around his life are selling his stories from the past, no wonder he ended up on the street in the first place - and will probably be there soon again - his typical ghetto family ... there's no chance for him to be normal like the rest of the world