Ted Williams, the Ohio homeless man who last week created a media sensation with his smooth radio voice and poignant story, has been detained, and then released by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), after he got into a heated argument with his daughter Monday night at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa.
Williams and his daughter were staying at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles for appearances on the Dr. Phil show.
On the show, Williams, 53, reunited with ex-wife Patricia Pullien-Kirtley and five of his nine children, in a two-part episode that will air Tuesday and Wednesday. The episodes have already been taped, according to a report from Access Hollywood.
Media reports say that LAPD authorities investigated Williams and his daughter, but no case was charged, after their loud argument at the hotel prompted a police call.
Williams had been living on the streets in Ohio for several years after drugs and alcohol dragged him into a life of petty crime.
Williams rose to fame last week after The Columbus Dispatch newspaper posted a video of Williams begging on the side of a road in Columbus, Ohio, using his radio emcee imitations. The video got a millions of YouTube hits and Williams received offers to do announcing work from the Cleveland Cavaliers, a radio station in Hawaii, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and others.
Recently, Williams appeared on morning news programs including The Today Show to talk about new voice-over job offers with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and foodmaker Kraft and his stunning instant rise from begging on the streets.
In the show, he recounted his days working as a radio DJ in the 1980s before becoming a drug addict and by 1993 he found himself in homeless shelters and even served time in prison. According to the website The Smoking Gun Williams' arrest record includes robbery, theft, forgery and drug possession.
Later on Thursday, he tearfully reunited with his elderly mother in New York in front of several news crews, which was delayed because of wrangling between television networks, according to the Dispatch.
But now, with job offers pouring in, he said he hoped five years on he could become a radio program director and support his daughters and sons in Columbus.