UPDATE: The Seattle Times now reports Williams' arraignment has been rescheduled for Wednesday, and he's been charged with three misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree assault.
Those hoping to see (now retired?) comedian Katt Williams in Seattle Municipal Court this morning were disappointed. According to the Seattle Times, the troubled comic missed his scheduled arraignment today, with his lawyer informing the judge that Williams didn't think he was required to attend and had returned to California.
Williams' arraignment was rescheduled for Tuesday, with the Times reporting that Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Miller plans to charge Williams today with two counts of fourth-degree assault -- the result of a wild weekend in Seattle.
In case you need a refresher, the Times provides it:
After Williams performed Friday night at the Paramount Theatre, some fans called police, saying Williams had attacked them when they tried to take a photograph with him, according to an item posted on the Seattle Police Department's online blotter.
Williams told officers the fans had tried to force their way into his dressing room and denied assaulting anyone, the blotter item says. No arrests were made.
Though Williams told officers he planned to cancel his Saturday show and leave town, he stuck around and 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 a police report.
Sunday afternoon, he returned to the World 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, who briefly took Williams to the ground before getting him into the back of a patrol car, according to a police report.
While it's never wise to miss a scheduled court date, perhaps Seattle should thank its lucky stars that Williams decided to leave.
I guess we'll see what happens next week when he (presumably) returns.