December 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM
Seattle judge issues arrest warrants for comedian Katt Williams
Katt Williams again failed to show up for his arraignment this morning in Seattle Municipal Court and a judge issued two arrest warrants for the trouble-prone stand-up comedian.
Williams’ attorney, Thomas McAllister, told the judge Williams’ management called him at 6:30 this morning and said some sort of medical issue prevented the comedian from flying to Seattle for the arraignment. Municipal Court Judge Willie Gregory found probable cause to hold Williams on three counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault stemming from two incidents in Seattle a week and a half ago.
Gregory also wants more details on Williams’ medical condition.
Williams was also a no-show at his arraignment last Thursday. McAllister blamed it on a misunderstanding, saying Williams had read a Seattle Times story in which a spokeswoman for the City Attorney’s Office mistakenly said Williams didn’t have to appear as long as his attorney was present.
The charges against Williams stem from an incident after his show Nov. 30 at the Paramount theater when some fans said Williams attacked them when they tried to take his photograph, according to the Seattle Police Department. Williams told officers the fans tried to force their way into his dressing room and denied assaulting anyone, police said. No arrests were made.
On Saturday night, Williams got into a dispute with a patron of the World Sports Grille on Westlake Avenue North in the South Lake Union neighborhood on Saturday night, according to police.
On Sunday afternoon, he returned to the Worlds Sports Grille, where he allegedly screamed at patrons, threatened a bar manager with a pool cue, flicked a cigarette in a woman’s face and threw a rock at a car window, police said.
He also is accused of being aggressive with officers before they arrested him for investigation of obstruction, according to a police report.
Williams was arrested Friday night in Northern California on a warrant issued out of Sacramento, according to The Sacramento Bee.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) says Williams fled officers on a three-wheeled motorcycle on Nov. 25 after being spotted driving on a downtown Sacramento sidewalk. The CHP said Williams was asked to stop and refused, leading to the pursuit, which police ended for safety reasons.
The paper says Williams was released from jail Saturday after posting bail.
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