Comedian Katt Williams facing charges over video of brawl with Georgia teen

Katt Williams attends Rick Ross' 40th Birthday Celebration on January 28, 2016 in Fayetteville, Georgia. [CBS News]
Mugshots for Katt Williams and 17-year-old Luke Wash.
Mugshots for Katt Williams and 17-year-old Luke Wash.

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say entertainer Katt Williams and a teenager he fought at a Georgia apartment complex have each been charged with disorderly conduct.

Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook says Williams and 17-year-old Luke Wash were both charged in the fight from last week. Wash is also charged as an adult.

Holbrook says a police report wasn’t filed, but video footage and witness statements led authorities to press charges. In the video, which was originally posted to SnapChat, Williams can be seen punching 17 year-old Luke Wash in the face.

Another video shows Wash fighting back after being punched — knocking Williams to the ground and placing him in a choke hold.

Wash says to CBS46 the incident started as he and Williams were walking away from a soccer game. Fans of Williams say Wash tried to instigate the encounter but Wash disagrees. Wash admits things could have been handled differently.

“If he hit me, I could have turned the other cheek but I didn’t,” says Wash. “I don’t feel bad about it. He hit me and I did what I did.”

Wash says there’s no hard feelings and he still respects Williams as an entertainer.

Attorney Drew Findling says Williams was doing community service at the subsidized housing complex in Gainesville, northeast of Atlanta. He says Williams will handle the matter in an orderly and professional way.

Authorities say Williams also faces charges for threatening a bodyguard’s life in early March and for fighting with a store employee in February.

It’s unclear if Wash has an attorney.

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