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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Katt Williams: Comedian Sued for Challenging Fans to Fight During Onstage Meltdown

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 at 7:50 AM

click to enlarge Thinks being arrested and sued is funny
  • Thinks being arrested and sued is funny

California comedian Katt Williams is in trouble again. The notorious rapper and professional funny person is being sued by disgruntled fans who aren't laughing about his most recent performance in Oakland.

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


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.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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