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Target Employee, Victim of Katt Williams Slap, Fired
Katt Williams continues to make the news, this time causing an employee to be fired from his job at Target after Williams slapped him across the face, according to TMZ. That’s right; even though the man was attacked, he was fired from his job.
The employee has been identified as Forrest Liebenberg, who claims to have been involved in a calm conversation with Williams in a Target store in Northern California. Liebenberg said that Williams slapped him across the face for no reason at all. The employee did not return the favor, but did call police. Liebenberg also noted that he did not even know who Williams was before the slapping incident happened.
Following the attack, Forrest spoke with CBS13, telling the station that he was fired without explanation. “I’m just as curious as you are Derek, but I’m definitely going to follow up with that,” he told CBS13′s Derek Shore. “Maybe I was a little uninformed about how seriously the situation was with Target, but obviously it is pretty serious, I was just terminated today. They weren’t very clear, but it is obvious to me that it was based on this incident.”
He also said that he does not know if Target thinks he is the one who sent the video of the attack to TMZ but he said he did not do it. A spokesperson from Target confirmed that Forrest was fired, saying, “The team member involved in this incident is no longer a Target team member. Out of respect for the privacy of this individual, we cannot discuss the reasons for his departure. However, we can confirm that his departure was unrelated to the video footage that has appeared online. At Target, the safety and security of our guests and team members is a top priority. We take this incident very seriously and are continuing to partner with law enforcement.”
Lt. Anthony Cucchi said, “He is a celebrity, he’s not from our area, but that doesn’t stop us as a police department to enforce the law. We didn’t have an opportunity to speak to him at the scene. He fled before we got there.”
Forrest no longer has a job, saying, “People are saying he’s worth millions of dollars, and he just cost me my job. Of course that’s going to be upsetting. It is a little upsetting that someone of his stature can act like they can just get away with this kind of stuff.”