Frequent jail visitor Katt Williams faced a fresh set of charges Friday — as he suggested his spate of recent arrests had to do with the color of his skin.
“If you’re a white celebrity, then they say it’s swatting, and they don’t let it happen,” he told local news station WSB-TV after walking out of Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Ga., seeming to imply his arrests were based on false reports. “If you’re a black celebrity, they haven’t invented the word yet.”
The troubled comedian, whose new charges reportedly include entering an automobile, theft by taking and simple battery, had been transferred to the Fulton County jail from Hall County, where he was booked Tuesday after allegedly ordering an attack on his own bodyguard Feb. 28.
He was charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and terroristic threats after allegedly directing 24-year-old Tatiana Smith to choke and beat down bodyguard Corey Dixon with a baseball bat.
A search warrant for the “Norbit” star’s Gainesville, Ga., home later uncovered guns and marijuana, authorities said.
The same day as the alleged February assault at his home, Williams and 15 members of his posse allegedly robbed five women at gunpoint and stole their cell phones, AJC.com reported.
A day later, he was arrested after punching a Gainesville pool store employee he claimed had used the N-word. He was booked on a battery charge, but later bailed out to face charges in Los Angeles stemming from a 2014 dispute near LAX Airport.
Video from last weekend also showed Williams starting a brawl at a Beanie Siegel concert in Philadelphia, TMZ reported at the time.
Williams showed optimism for the legal battle ahead as he left the Fulton County jail Friday.
“I am just like most Christians — under daily attack — but somehow holding up well,” he said. “God’s grace is wonderful … we’ll have our day in court and we will be exonerated.”