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Comedian Katt Williams arrested in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE — Comedian Katt Williams was arrested Monday on a battery charge after a store employee told police that Williams punched him during an argument.

Gainesville police officers responded to an assault call about 11:30 a.m. at Leslie’s Pool Supplies on Dawsonville Highway and found Williams outside “lying on the ground with his hands behind his back as though he was ready to go to jail,” said Sgt. Kevin Holbrook.

A store employee told officers Williams, who was in the store with two women, began arguing with the employee and threw a pair of goggles at him, Holbrook said.

Williams then went behind the counter and punched the employee at least once, Holbrook said.

The cause of the argument wasn’t immediately clear. When officers tried to question Williams, he told them to ask the store employee what happened, Holbrook said.

“Mr. Williams was not forthcoming with any information,” Holbrook said

Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicole Bailes said in an email that Williams faces a misdemeanor battery charge and was being held on $5,000 bond.

Online jail records show Williams was booked into jail at 1:34 p.m. He was released later that day after posting bond.

Janice Lee, a publicist for Williams, didn’t immediately respond to phone and email messages.

An employee at Leslie’s Pool Supplies directed The Times of Gainesville to the corporate office. The store’s corporate office did not immediately comment.

Williams, 44, has starred in comedy specials and appeared in films, including “Friday After Next.”