After an extremely hot mess of a year, I’m sure no one is more ready for a fresh start in 2013 than Katt Williams. He’s been arrested more times in one year than most people run into trouble with the law in their whole lives, and he’s had numerous altercations with people, including his assistant, folks attending his shows, bystanders, and of course, a random white guy at a Target in California. The video, for most, was just another example of a gifted fella continuing to spiral out of control, but Williams says that there’s more to the clip than what people’s eyes are seeing. According to the embattled comedian, he only slapped the victim, Forrest Liebenberg, because the man called him the N-word of all things.
According to TMZ, during a show at The Comedy Store in Hollywood (who is really still paying to see him live after all the mic slapping and arguing he’s been doing with folks???), Williams said he warned the man to watch his mouth, and when he didn’t, he had to get pimpin’-pimpin’ on him:
“Let me tell you what the dude at Target said … ‘Your assistant is already suing you, you p***y a** n***er. I said did you just say the N-word in front of Katt Williams? He said, ‘you say it all the time.’ I said, ‘Say it again and watch what happens. End of story. If you white and you call me a n***a, I’m gonna punch you in your muthaf****n mouth too.”
While I’m still side-eyeing the fact that he spoke of himself in third person, is it weird that I actually believe Williams? And I say that because of the fact that the employee came out to various news outlets after the incident saying that Target fired him. There was speculation as to why he was given the boot, and I’m sure Liebenberg was trying to get some sympathy so that maybe he could sue since he felt that he was fired because they thought he might have leaked the tape of the incident. However, Target even put out a message saying the firing had NOTHING to do with the tape getting out. So why was he fired? Well, this could be a reason…if it’s true. And Liebenberg could have had a history of acting a fool at work. Ironically, TMZ says they tried to reach out to Liebenberg, who was so easy to get in touch with after the incident, but after multiple attempts, he didn’t get back to them. Veeeeery interesting indeed that he’s MIA all of a sudden…
Check out the clip below, courtesy of TMZ, where Katt breaks down the incident. He also attributes similar disrespect to the early retirement of talents like Dave Chappelle. Do you think Williams’s story is true?