Comedian Katt Williams is a pretty funny dude. Unless he's threatening you with a pool cue or flicking a lit cigarette at your eye. And according to Seattle police, that's exactly what happened to several folks Sunday at the World Sports Grille in South Lake Union, where Williams was reportedly hanging out (and getting into trouble) after two scheduled Seattle shows Thursday and Friday.
According to the Seattle Times, Williams was arrested for investigation of assault, harassment and obstruction Sunday and booked into King County Jail.
Here's how the Times describes the scene:
On Sunday, Seattle police said Williams, 41, was at the World Sports Grille near Ninth Avenue North and Westlake Avenue North at about 2:30 p.m. when he allegedly exchanged words with other patrons, brandished a pool cue at the bar's manager and refused to leave. Police also allege that Williams followed a family out of the bar, flicked a cigarette through the window of the family's car, and threw a rock at the vehicle. The cigarette hit one of the family members just below her eye, police said.
Williams was booked into the King County jail for investigation of assault, harassment and obstruction. Police said he struggled with officers as they arrested him. The incident is the latest in a number of run-ins between Williams and police in several cities.
Williams' arrest came after what was supposed to be two shows at the Paramount on Thursday and Friday. However, only one of those shows actually happened, as Williams was a no-show Thursday night. The Seattle Times' Andrew Matson was set to review Williams' Thursday-night performance that wasn't, and offered this take in its wake:
According to the emcee Katt was "in the building." Then a few hours later he was "stopped by police but he's on his way." Which statement was untrue? Both? Neither?
After 11:00 pm people started leaving. Two quotes I heard in the lobby:
"I drove here from from hella far and paid hella money. This sucks."
"I got my ticket for free and I'm still pissed."
Searching twitter for "katt williams seattle" gives an indication of how fans reacted. Unhappily, to say the least. I would recommend that we remain compassionate to Williams, who is clearly going through something right now, and be mindful that we don't know all the facts.
While we still don't know all the facts about Williams' Thursday-night no-show, or all the facts about his run in with Seattle police on Sunday, Matson is correct: Williams is clearly going through something right now.