Some people didn’t make it out of 2012 without experiencing some type of personal catastrophic event (or, more accurately in this case, cascading series of events). Such is the case with comedian Katt Williams, who was arrested (again) on Friday, charged with suspicion of child endangerment. As TMZ reported, the arrest occurred just hours after media outlets reported that the “Kattpacalypse” star had been notified that the IRS had issued tax liens against the comic for over $4 million.
TMZ reported that law enforcement sources said Williams was arrested Friday morning (Dec. 28) by the Los Angeles Police Department acting on information supplied by the L.A. County Dept. of Children and Family Services. Sources noted that the latter organization had concluded that Williams had drugs and firearms on the premises of his Woodland Hills home, allegedly constituting a threat to the children also living there. Police subsequently discovered various items that led to the comedian’s arrest.
Williams has four children living with him in LA.
The 43-year-old comedian was taken into custody. His bail was set at $100,000. The children were placed under protective custody.
Earlier, reports indicated that the IRS had issued a tax lien against Williams totaling over $4 million. The IRS says the comedian owes the federal government $3.2 million in taxes from 2008 and $829,352 from 2009.
It just hasn’t been a good year for the “Repos” star.
Williams made headlines over the past few years for several brushes with the law, but 2012 played out like a companion piece to a Lindsay Lohan documentary. Besides his latest arrest and problems with the IRS, Williams has had more than his share scrapes with law enforcement. It all seemed to start with a gun violation incident in October where he was involved in an altercation outside a bar.
After an altercation with an 18-year-old man following a performance in Oakland, California, in mid-November (where Wiliams was arrested for suspicion of assault after allegedly hitting the young man over the head with a bottle), Williams was involved in several bizarre altercations and police run-ins (including slapping a Target employee and leading Sacramento police on a low-speed chase on a three-wheeler) that ultimately led to his arrest in Seattle, Wash., in early December, this time after a taping altercation where police were called to the venue where he was performing (and from which has issued a lawsuit by a man Williams attacked with his microphone). Later at a local bar, according to EOnline, Williams allegedly brandished a pool cue threateningly, got into a fight, refused to leave the bar when asked, followed a family to their car and threw a rock at the vehicle, and resisted arrest.
But he wasn’t done with Seattle. After being released from jail the following day, the comic actor was tossed out of his hotel after fighting in the parking lot. His rather odd behavior prompted him to announce that he was retiring from comedy.
But retirement didn’t last long. As TMZ reported, Williams “un-retired” four days after retiring.
He also “un-retired” from getting into trouble…
He was cited for parking too close to fire hydrant on Dec. 20. And now this latest run-in with the law and child protective services.
And even though 2012 might not end soon enough for Katt Williams, nearly all the legal fallout from his self-destructive spree will have to be dealt with in 2013.