Arrest warrant is issued for comedian Katt Williams after fight with teenager
An arrest warrant has been issued for Katt Williams stemming from a punching incident the comedian was involved in last week.
Williams, 42, faces disorderly conduct and bond violation charges in Georgia after he got into a scuffle with 17-year-old Luke Wash at a soccer game in a Gainesville neighborhood. Previous reports said that Wash was a seventh-grader.
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March 29, 5 p.m.: An earlier version of this article misidentifed the teen as Luke Walsh.
A Hall County judge issued arrest warrants for both Williams and Wash after the charges were filed and Gainesville police said that the fight is a violation of Williams’ conditional bond from his arrest earlier this month for allegedly assaulting one of his bodyguards, TMZ reported.
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Williams’ rep did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment.
The altercation erupted shortly after the “Scary Movie 5” actor joined a pickup soccer game at an apartment complex, according to local TV stations WSB-TV, and Wash was on the opposing team.
Cellphone video of the incident shows the two hurling insults at each other and Williams throwing the first punch at Wash. The youngster then tackles the comic, bringing him to the ground. Several witnesses said that the teen provoked the entertainer with trash talk and disrespect, WSB reported.
Wash was taken into police custody on Monday afternoon and was held on a $1,300 bond because in Georgia 17-year-old offenders are considered adults, TMZ said.
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“They both played roles in this altercation. They both should have known. You’d think Mr. Williams, [a person] of his age, would know better than to pick a fight with a 17-year-old, but they both played active roles in this case,” Gainesville police Capt. Kevin Holbroke told WSB-TV.
On Friday, Williams expounded on his reasons for punching Wash during an expletive-laden stand-up routine at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The comedian said that he thought Wash was about 19 years old.
“He was saying [expletives] the whole time,” Williams said.
“He talked... about me the whole game. ... My teammates are trying to let me know something ain’t right.”
Williams said that he walked away from the game to ask Wash what all the trash talk was about and Wash retorted with a “What are you gonna do about it?”
“I said listen, you know I’m in trouble with the ... law,” he continued. “Just understand I can take your ... around this ... corner. I will explain to you you don’t talk to grown [men] like that.”
Williams said he tried to teach the kid a lesson, with the intention of only throwing one punch, and that’s when the incident escalated and Wash took down the comedian.
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