Katt Williams: Comedian Sued for Challenging Fans to Fight During Onstage Meltdown
|Thinks being arrested and sued is funny|
According to press reports, a fan who attended Williams' performance at the Oracle Arena on Nov. 16 filed a class-action lawsuit in Alameda County on behalf of the audience, claiming the performer didn't perform.
Brian Herline of Modesto filed the suit against Williams and promoter Live Nation on Nov. 21, saying that Williams "confronted a heckler, took his clothes off and attempted to fight at least three audience members" before his act "abruptly ended after about 10 minutes." The lawsuit seeks to compensate Herline and "all others who paid money for a show and got nothing but Katt Williams' nonperformance."
Security escorted Williams offstage during the Nov. 16 show after he took off his shirt and spewed profanities.
Ticket prices ranged from $33 to $94, plus service fees. Here's a snippet of Williams' Oakland rant.
"It was very disappointing," Herline said of Williams' performance. "I've been a big fan for years. I make the effort to come see him, and I just felt that he did nothing to earn any part of it. I didn't pay all that money to see him melt down, and I want to make sure he knows that."
The poor performance happened just a few nights after Williams was arrested when he allegedly hit an 18-year-old Berkeley man over the head with a beer bottle outside an Oakland hotel.
Of course, getting into legal trouble isn't new to Williams; In 2006, he was arrested at LAX for carrying a concealed (and stolen) firearm. In 2010, he was accused of stealing $3,500 in jewelry and money from a Georgia residence while filming in Coweta County, and in 2011, Williams was arrested for allegedly assaulting a tractor driver by throwing rocks, sticks, and dirt clods at him.
He's also had fights at Wal-Mart, the Four Seasons hotel, and a Best Buy -- none of which were very funny.