Comedian Accused of Beating Store Employee

Katt Williams clashed with pool supply worker
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 29, 2016 11:38 PM CST
Updated Mar 1, 2016 12:05 AM CST
Comedian Accused of Beating Store Employee
This booking photo released by the Gainesville Police Department on Monday shows comedian Katt Williams.   (Gainvesville Police Department)

Comedian Katt Williams was arrested Monday on a battery charge in Georgia after a store employee told police that Williams punched him during an argument. Gainesville police officers responded to an assault call at a pool supply store around 11:30am and found Williams outside "lying on the ground with his hands behind his back as though he was ready to go to jail," a police spokesman says. A store employee told officers Williams, who was in the store with two women, began arguing with the employee and threw a pair of goggles at him before going behind the counter and punching the employee at least once.

The cause of the argument wasn't immediately clear, the AP reports. When officers tried to question Williams, he told them to ask the store employee what happened. A Hall County sheriff's deputy says Williams faces a misdemeanor battery charge and is being held on $5,000 bond. Williams, 44, has starred in comedy specials and appeared in films, including Friday After Next. (More Georgia stories.)

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