Comedian Katt Williams was a no-show at his arraignment on Thursday in Seattle. Why? Because the actor and stand-up comedian read a Seattle Times story that said he didn’t have to show up if his attorney made the court appearance.
Williams, who announced his retirement from stand-up earlier this week, was to be arraigned on a number of charges following alleged erratic behavior, including attacking people at a Seattle show and slapping a woman at a Target.
But Williams was a no-show at Thursday’s arraignment because he read a Seattle Times story that cited Seattle City Attorney spokeswoman Kimberly Mills as saying the comedian didn’t have to show up in court if his attorney was present.
Seattle Municipal Court Judge Willie Gregory didn’t admonish Williams for the no-show, agreeing that there was confusion as to whether the comedian was supposed to appear in court, the Seattle Times reported.
He was charged Thursday with three counts of fourth-degree assaults, all of them misdemeanors.
Williams allegedly hit a man over the head with a microphone during a show last week because he thought the man was recording the show. The next day, the comedian allegedly threw a chair at a couple of fans who tried to meet up with him after his performance.
Some fans of the comedian also claimed he attacked them after they took his picture following a show at the Paramount Theatre.
More trouble allegedly followed Williams, when he went to a sports bar and allegedly brandished a pool cue and threatened the manager of the World Sports Grille. He also allegedly flicked a cigarette in a woman’s face and threw a rock at a car window, police told the Seattle Times.
Williams also has some legal troubles in California.
Last month, he was arrested in Oakland, Calif., for allegedly hitting a man in the head with a bottle on his tour bus.
He also led a California Highway Patrol officer on a chase after Williams allegedly ran several red lights in Sacramento.