What You Need to Know: Katt Williams

Photo: Ivy Brown/News | WHBQ
Photo: Ivy Brown/News | WHBQ

Katt Williams says his former employees stole $59 million from him

Katt Williams recently revealed he was the victim of an alleged major breach of trust by some of his former staff members.

Earlier this month, Williams, who has called metro Atlanta home for many years, was interviewed by sports journalist and media personality Jemele Hill for her podcast “Jemele Hill is Unbothered.” He spoke about his peers in the comedy community and his own career during the 54-minute interview.

The “Great America” comedian also spoke on his former employees allegedly embezzling millions of dollars from him, which he said was discovered through a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

“In my search for who was the enemy that was causing all these things to repeatedly happen to me over and over again when they shouldn’t,  we uncovered that it was actually my people that was involved,” Williams told Hill during the interview. “We didn’t really know that until the Department of Justice started indicting these people for the embezzlement of $59 million from Katt Williams.”

The comic said he immediately fired the staff members who were accused, and said several of them retaliated by attempting to blackmail him.

Williams has faced a number of legal struggles over the years, but in past incidents, the comedian has been on the accused end, with arrests for criminal trespassing, intimidating witnesses and several probation violations. 

»RELATED: Katt Williams: a list of arrests over the years

During the “Unbothered” interview, he mentioned that he was nearly one of those indicted in his embezzlement case.

“They thought I had found some way to sequester the funds until they actually dug in and realized ‘why would I be money laundering my own money,’ Williams said. “It’s been a lot, and a lot of it you can’t really talk about. It’s ongoing.”

You can listen to the entire interview below.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

About the Author

X