Katt Williams a no-show at arraignment in Seattle, faces assault charges
Comedian Katt Williams failed to show up at his arraignment in Seattle on Thursday to face charges of assault following his arrest over the weekend, but had an explanation -- he read the newspaper.
His lawyer told the judge that Williams had returned to California and thought he did not have to appear in person in court because he had read a Seattle Times article from December 3 that had quoted a city attorney's office spokesperson as saying that an attorney could attend on his behalf. The newspaper published a correction on Friday.
The Seattle Times, which reported William's no-show in court, said that judge agreed that there appeared to be some confusion and that the arraignment was then rescheduled for Wednesday, December 12.
The 41-year-old comedian, whose real name is Micah Sierra Williams, faces charges of misdemeanor assault after his arrest in Seattle on Sunday, when he was also booked on suspicion of harassment and obstruction. He was released from custody around midnight after posting a $3,000 bond.
According to a police report posted online, on the afternoon of Sunday, December 2, Williams, officers received a call about Williams, who was said to have been involved in a "dispute" with a man at a bar in Seattle, which was one of the stops on his comedy tour. He also reportedly started screaming at a female driver in a car outside.
Cops arrived and approached Williams, who refused to cooperate and provide his name and then turned away from them. One of the offices then arrested the comedian for obstruction and began searching him and also read him his Miranda Warnings. According to the report, Williams refused to acknowledge them and said he was going to sue.
Cops described his behavior as "aggressive" and "resistant," which they say made it necessary to "take him to the ground for a short period of time," after which he was placed in a patrol car.
The report states that the bar's manager told police said that "one of his bartenders told him Williams had been acting aggressively towards other customers" and that the comedian was "escalating his speech, using profanities and getting within inches of people's faces." At one point, Williams allegedly picked up a pool stick and pointed it at a customer's face and declined a request to leave.
In a separate incident at the same location, Williams allegedly followed a family, which included an 8-year-old girl, out of the bar and flicked a cigarette at them through their car window, striking a woman. Others were unhurt.
The Seattle Times also reported that the city's attorney's office stated that last Friday, after a comedy show in Seattle, the comedian threw a microphone at a fan after he allegedly became angry that the person was recording his show -- a big pet peeve of many comedians and clubs.
He also allegedly got involved in a confrontation with two other fans. Williams denied assaulting anyone, saying that they had forced their way into his dressing room, police said. No arrests were made on Friday.
Last month, the comedian reportedly led police on a chase through the streets of Sacramento with his three-wheeled motorcycle. Later, Williams allegedly was seen in a TMZ video arguing with a Sacramento Target employee and slapping him in the face. He was not arrested in that incident.
Williams is known for his role as Money Mike in the film "Friday After Next." He has appeared on TV shows, including "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out," "The Tracy Morgan Show," "My Wife and Kids" and "NYPD Blue."
Meanwhile, he is set to continue his comedy tour, according to his Facebook page. A message posted on December 3 read: "Don't miss Katt this Friday in Houston and Saturday in NOLA! Yes, he WILL be there!"
His next show takes place in Houston, Texas on Friday.