The troubled once-retired Katt Williams is in hot water yet again. This time, he is under investigation by Los Angeles police for allegedly brandishing a gun near the infamous Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip and threatening a man. Police responded to a 911 call of a man with a gun near the Comedy Store approximately around 2am, “but he was gone when we arrived,” Sgt. Dave Valentine of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. “[Williams] wasn’t performing. He was just there.”
The First Sunday star allegedly got into a disagreement with the cameraman of another comedian who was filming a documentary. One onlooker says he told the man to stop filming, but when the red light went off he continued to be aggressive. “It was weird,” the witness told Laughspin. “Katt was being outrageous and looking to fight. Guy is insane.” The altercation escalated, as it moved about “a block and a half away from the club,” when Williams allegedly took out a gun and began threatening the man. When police finally arrived, Williams was nowhere to be seen but “it was almost a lock down situation. They just surrounded the Store with cops,” the witness claims. Williams has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
“The victim filed a report. Obviously we’d like to hear Mr. Williams’ side of the story,” said Sgt. Valentine. The star told celebrity gossip site TMZ that he was verbally attacked by four “gangbangers” and that he’s the victim in the incident. He claims that he was assaulted after the men followed him to his car and that he wasn’t carrying a gun. Williams even thinks it was one of the gang members who made the 911 call.
This is not the first time the all-star comedian has been in trouble with the law. He’s had several highly-publicized incidents at live shows with hecklers, including one performance in Oakland where he was assisted off stage by his own security staff. Heckler battles have caused the comedian to struggle on the road, having even cancelled live tour dates. He was arrested in 2012 on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly smashing an 18-year-old man with a bottle aboard his tour bus. He was arrested after bar disputes and child endangerment. His most recent incident was in 2013 when he was arrested in his Los Angeles home after failing to appear in court for driving in a reckless manner. Williams’ larger legal problems actually started way back in 2006, when a stolen gun was found in his briefcase at Los Angeles International Airport. The comic spent three days in jail.