Comedian Katt Williams arrested on battery charges

This police booking photo released by the Gainesville Police Department on Monday, February 29, 2016 shows comedian Katt Williams after being arrested following an alleged altercation with an employee of a pool supply business. 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. (AP Photo/Gainesville Police Department)

GAINESVILLE, GA (AP) — Comedian Katt Williams was arrested Monday on a battery charge in Georgia after a store employee told police that Williams punched him during an argument.

Gainesville police officers responded to an assault call at a pool supply store around 11:30 a.m. and found Williams outside “lying on the ground with his hands behind his back as though he was ready to go to jail,” Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said.

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.

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.

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

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

Gainesville is about 55 miles northeast of Atlanta.

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