HALL COUNTY, Ga. — UPDATE: Williams was arrested Wednesday at his home. He is being held without bond and will see a judge for his first appearance on Thursday.
Comedian Katt Williams is facing more legal trouble in Georgia.
Channel 2’s Tom Regan learned Gainesville police are charging Williams with disorderly conduct and a bond violation.
The charges stem from an incident, caught on video, in which Williams allegedly punched a teenager in Hall County last week.
“He just started playing soccer with us then he started to get into an argument,” witness Marco Salcido told Regan Monday.
Salcido says he had a front row seat to the clash between Williams and 17-year-old Luke Walsh. It happened at a Gainesville apartment complex, where Williams unexpectedly dropped by and jumped into a pickup soccer game.
“That's like a blessing to have a celebrity come to the hood and show love to for everybody,” said witness Alexander Villanueva.
He says Williams not only joined in the game, but was also spreading his wealth by handing out hundreds of dollars in cash.
“He was giving money to kids and everyone,” Villanueva said.
But not everyone was won over by Williams’ generosity. Witnesses say not long into the game things got ugly between Williams and Walsh, one of the teens who was playing against him.
'We all gathered in a circle and we're hearing him say, ‘Get out of my face little boy,’ and they just started fighting,” Salcido said.
Cellphone video shows Walsh and Williams hurling insults, and then Williams throws a left hook.
The teen, a former high school wrestler, quickly tackles the 44-year-old entertainer and wraps him up.
Williams threw the first punch but several witnesses say the teen provoked the comedian with trash talk and showed a lot of disrespect.
“It was Luke’s fault to be honest,” Villanueva said.
Walsh will also be charged with disorderly conduct, according to officers.
“They both played roles in this altercation. They both should have known. You'd think Mr. Williams, (a person) of his age, would know better than to pick a fight with a 17-year-old, but they both played active roles in this case,’ said Gainesville police Capt. Kevin Holbroke.
Williams was out on bail for two prior arrests in the county. He has been in trouble with the law multiple times this year, including for allegedly assaulting a pool store employee, his bodyguard and a group of women in Midtown.
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