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Katt Williams Hits Audience Member with Microphone
Things just keep getting worse for Katt Williams, who has another lawsuit on his hands that claims he hit an audience member in the head with a microphone. The fan claims he suffered a concussion from the incident and also made claims that Williams threatened to shoot him, according to reports from TMZ and Courthouse News.
The victim, Carlos Castro-Lino, said that Williams “had publicly demonstrated signs of mental instability” and should not have been permitted to perform on November 30. In November, Williams was sued twice. One of the suits was from his personal assistant, Melissa Ishage, who alleges he hit her. Just two weeks after that lawsuit, a fan filed a class action lawsuit claiming that Williams undressed and tried to fight audience members during a show that lasted just 10 minutes.
The new lawsuit names Williams and Seattle Theatre Group, which owns the Paramount Theatre, where the concert was held. The lawsuit was filed in King County Court. In the lawsuit, Castro said he was sitting in the third row at the concert on November 30 when Williams exited the stage holding a microphone.
“Williams positioned himself in the fourth row of seats, directly behind Castro. Then, without warning to Castro, Williams struck the back of his head with his microphone. One witness described the assault as a ‘baseball swing,’” the complaint states.
“After assaulting Castro, Williams returned to the stage and directed comments at Castro, telling Castro that he should go home and get a gun and that Williams also had a gun and would be waiting for him upon his return.”
According to Castro, employees of the theater saw the attack and heard Williams make verbal threats but did not stop the concert. Castro called police after the attack and were already at the concert investigating other claims made against Williams.
“The doctors at Valley Medical Center diagnosed Castro with a concussion and contusions resulting from the assault. Castro was prescribed painkillers to alleviate the severe pain he was experiencing in his head,” the complaint states.
The lawsuit also says that the theater knew Williams “posed a danger” to the crowd.
“Prior to the November 30, 2012 assault, Williams had publicly demonstrated signs of mental instability that should have put STG on notice that Williams posed a danger to the audience. For example, Williams was unable to perform his scheduled show at the Paramount on the previous evening, November 29, 2012. Upon information and belief, his inability to perform that evening was caused by heavy drug use, mental instability, or both. Upon information and belief, agents and employees of STG were in contact with Williams on November 29, 2012 and had opportunity to observe his drug abuse and/or mental health problems. Upon information and belief, agents and employees of STG also observed evidence of drug abuse and/or mental instability on the part of Williams prior to the show on November 30, 2012,” according to the complaint.
Castro is asking for $250,000 from Williams for what he is calling “extreme emotional distress” and $250,000 from STG for not offering enough security.