Comedian Katt Williams, in jail in Hall County after his second arrest there in recent days, was transferred to another jail in Atlanta, police said Friday.
“We do have warrants on Katt Williams,” Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones told Channel 2 Action News. “He is being transferred today to Fulton County from Hall County. He is being charged with entering auto, theft by taking, and simple battery.”
Tracy Flanagan, a spokeswoman for Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, said Williams was expected to bond out later Friday night.
“It is our understanding that Mr. Williams will bond out this evening,” Flanagan said. “I don’t know when. He will walk out the front door [at] 901 Rice Street.”
Jones did not specify why Williams was being charged in Atlanta.
However, during a March 2 press conference in front of Atlanta police headquarters, local attorney Loletha Hale accused Williams and about 15 members of his entourage and security team of physically attacking and stealing cellphones from five women who were visiting Atlanta for the weekend.
About 2:30 a.m. Feb. 28, Salena Boston and a group of friends spotted Williams walking near West Peachtree and 3rd streets, according to an Atlanta police report previously obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Boston said they approached the comedian and he agreed to take a photo with them. When one of the women with Boston began filming Williams, he got angry and started fighting them, according to the report.
Boston told police Williams punched her, pointed a gun at the group and took the women’s cellphones at one point.
According to the police report, Williams refutes Boston’s account of what happened.
He said the group of women started harassing, filming and taking pictures of him without his consent.
They then “became irate” and snatched a chain from his neck, which led Williams to start a fight with the group, according to the report.
His security team saw what was happening and allegedly approached the women.
At one point in the incident, one of the women said “she was going to her car to get something to pop somebody,” Williams told police. A member of Williams’ entourage then took a firearm out and sat it down on a concrete post, according to the report.
Police later arrived and handcuffed Williams. However, he was not arrested.
“Upon responding to the scene, the officers were not able to determine what occurred due to conflicting testimony by all parties and a lack of an independent witness,” Atlanta police Sgt. Warren Pickard told The AJC at the time. “Based on the information they had in real time and the totality of the circumstances, the officer used their discretion to not arrest anyone on the scene.”
Williams has been arrested twice in Hall County, once on Feb. 29 and a second time on March 8.
The Feb. 29 arrest occurred after a store employee at Leslie’s Pool Supplies on Dawsonville Highway told police the comedian punched him during an argument. Williams, who told TMZ he did what he had to do after the employee made a racist remark, was released on $5,000 bond in that incident.
He was arrested March 8 after investigators said he threatened to kill his bodyguard and ordering an acquaintance to shave the victim and hit him with a bat.
Williams was also recently accused of fighting agitators in Los Angeles — which he told TMZ was self-defense — and bum-rushing a stage and punching a man at a rap show in Philadelphia.
Flanagan said Williams will be notified later concerning his court date.