Comedian Katt Williams can’t catch a break. Williams was arrested Saturday for allegedly assaulting a Town Car driver in Portland, Oregon. The alleged incident happened during an argument about taking him and his dog from Portland International Airport to a performance in the city. In addition to his fourth-degree assault charge, the recent Emmy winner was arrested for an out-of-state warrant from Georgia.
Williams, whose real name is Micah Williams, was in Portland for Nick Cannon’s Wild ’N Out national tour. After the incident, he left in another vehicle before being arrested Saturday. The driver was treated at a hospital with swelling and cuts on his face.
Katt Williams has long arrest history
The prolific stand-up has had a hard time staying out of jail, having been arrested over a dozen times since 2006—four of those arrests came in 2016. Many of those arrests have been for assault. The Pimpin’ comedian was on probation in Los Angeles after pleading no contest to stealing a paparazzi’s camera with rap mogul Suge Night. He also (yes also) was given five years probation in 2016 by a Georgia court for—you guessed it—assault and battery. Last year he was ordered by the court to take anger management classes.
Katt Williams, whose most recent special Great America is out on Netflix, is one of the most consistently solid stand-ups working. Unfortunately, he seems to be riddled in controversy with the legal system and his mental health more often than he releases a new special. Back in 2012, he tearfully announced his retirement from comedy, only to have his rep deny the announcement days later. Even Snoop Dogg once told TMZ, “Katt needs some help man. Somebody needs to really sit him down and get him some help…whoever really got love for Katt that’s around him, you need to take him and go get him some help.” Six years later, the man still struggles to stay out of cuffs and the news. Or maybe the controversy is part of the brand, like a black Andy Kauffman getting in trouble for the sake of a lifelong character.