Katt Williams discusses 'slap' incident at Target, says worker used racial slur
Comedian Katt Williams, who is facing legal action over a series of allegedly violent incidents, offered audience members at a comedy show in Los Angeles an explanation about one particular occurrence that was captured on camera -- a confrontation with a Target store employee.
A surveillance video posted on TMZ showed what the website said was footage of Williams entering a Target store and slapping an employee in the face on November 25.
Williams was charged with misdemeanor battery over the incident. He talked about the confrontation on stage during a show at the World Famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 18.
Williams told the crowd that the employee had insulted him and used a racial slur while making mention of a lawsuit the comedian's assistant reportedly filed against him earlier in November, in which she claimed he hit her. The comic has not commented about the matter and no arrests have been made in connection with the case.
"I said, 'Did you just say the N-word in front of Katt Williams?'" Williams told the crowd, as seen in a fan-made video filmed at the venue's main theater and posted on TMZ (Warning: Contains explicit language). "He said, 'You say it all the time.' I said, 'Say it again, let's see what happens.' End of story."
"If you call me a [expletive], I'll punch you in the [expletive] face too," Williams added.
The person involved in the confrontation, Forrest Liebenberg, 19, has not commented about William's latest remarks. He reported the incident to police and prosecutors have filed a charge of misdemeanor battery against Williams, who had fled the scene after the incident, the Sacramento CBS affiliate reported.
Liebenberg told the TV station that he did not know who the comedian was when he entered the store and added: "I was in no way the aggressor. I never went up to him."
He said the confrontation began after Williams tried to buy his personal motorcyle helmet. He said they began arguing and that the comedian then hit him, causing his face to swell.
"He's just really aggressive, you know, making cynical comments, just based on the fact that I put thought into selling him my helmet," Lienbenberg told the outlet.
He also told the Sacramento CBS affiliate that he was fired a day after the incident. Target said in a statement carried by the outlet that the man was no longer an employee, adding that "his departure was unrelated to the video footage that has appeared online.
COMEDY CLUB CONFRONTATIONS
At the Comedy Store, Williams was accompanied by friend and former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, sources told OTRC.com. Knight had reportedly bailed the comedian out of jail after he was arrested earlier this month in Seattle for allegedly acting violent towards patrons of a bar.
He failed to show up for his arraignment and judge accepted his lawyer's claim that it was due to false information printed in a newspaper. However, Williams also failed to appear at his rescheduled hearing on December 12 and a warrant was issued for his arrest, the Seattle Times reported.
Local authorities said that also earlier this month, after a comedy show in Seattle, Williams 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 there. Williams denied assaulting anyone, saying that they had forced their way into his dressing room, police said. No arrests were made after the reported incident.
Several weeks ago, at the Comedy Store's outdoor bar, Williams punched a person who tried to take a photo of him. The comic then fled, a source told OTRC.com. Police were not called and no arrests were made.
On November 25, the same day as the Target incident, Williams reportedly led police in a car chase. Authorities said he ignored calls to pull over after he was spotted driving on a sidewalk near a hotel and then tried to flee from cops on a three-wheeled motorcycle. They added that he had also nearly hit five people. He has not commented.
A warrant was issued and Williams was arrested for the incident, for reckless driving, more than a week later, on December 7. He was released from jail the following day.
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." He is also set to appear in the new comedy film "Scary Movie 5."