• Katt Williams banned from 2 Georgia counties

    By: Tom Regan


    HALL COUNTY, Ga. - Comedian Katt Williams, who has had multiple run-ins with the law this year, has been banned from two Georgia counties as part of a negotiated plea deal.

    Williams’ attorney said he pleaded no contest Thursday to some charges in connection with an alleged assault of his bodyguard.

    After the February incident, Williams was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and felony possession of marijuana.


    The Hall County District Attorney’s Office dismissed the aggravated assault and firearm possession charges as part of the negotiated plea, Williams’ attorney said. The false imprisonment and terroristic threats charges were reduced to simple assault.

    However, Williams was banished from Hall and Dawson counties and ordered to pay $7,500 in restitution to the victim and perform 100 hours of community service, District Attorney Ray Mayer told the Gainesville Times.

    Williams will be on probation for five years as part of the deal. If he complies with the terms of his probation, the probation and the ban could end as soon as two years.

    The ban extends to Dawson County because it is part of the same judicial circuit as Hall County.

    Williams’ attorney says the banishment will have little effect on his lifestyle and career.

    “It sounds sexy to talk about, but you’re talking about Georgia with 159 counties and you’re talking about a two-county circuit he’s already moved out of anyways,” attorney Drew Findling said.

    Williams had moved from Hall County before Thursday’s plea deal became official, his attorney said.

    If Williams abides by the court’s conditions, the marijuana charge also will be tossed.

    The plea does not cover a separate misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an alleged attack on a pool supply store manager in February.

    Findling said he believes Williams will stay out of trouble.

    “I believe he will because I believe in Katt Williams,” he said.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

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