Katt Williams’ bad night in Oakland continues to get worse, with the comedian now staring at a most unfunny consequence to his much-publicized meltdown on stage.
A fan who attended Williams’ performance at Oracle Arena on Nov. 16 has filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the those in attendance against the performer and his promoter in Alameda County Superior Court. Brian Herline of Modesto filed the suit against Williams and promoter Live Nation on Nov. 21, claiming Williams didn’t perform.
The suit claims that Williams “confronted a heckler, took his clothes off and attempted to fight at least three audience members” before his act “abruptly ended after about 10 minutes.” The suit seeks to compensate Herline and “all others who paid money for a show and got nothing but Katt Williams’ nonperformance.”
Williams was escorted offstage by security on Nov. 16. Videos of the concert showed him removing his shirt while spewing forth a profane set of monologues.
Ticket prices ranged from $33 to $94, plus service fees.
Attorney Joel Young, who is representing Herline in the case, said his client spent more than $1,000 to attend the concert and that his client filed the suit because Williams did not carry out a good-faith agreement to perform.
“It was very disappointing,” Herline said of Williams’ performance. “I’ve been a big fan for years. I make the effort to come see him, and I just felt that he did nothing to earn any
part of it. I didn’t pay all that money to see him melt down, and I want to make sure he knows that.”
Herline said Monday he’s just as concerned with sending a message as he is with any monetary damages that come his way.
“What Brian is doing is emblematic of how everyone at the concert felt that night,” said Young, who added that forms needed to take part in the lawsuit are being sent to others who attended the concert. “When someone makes a good-faith effort and they just suck, that’s one thing. But in this situation, it was a complete failure to perform. I don’t think anyone who has seen the video of it or who was there could claim that it was a good-faith effort to perform.”
The lawsuit is the latest in a long string of legal and criminal trouble the comic has faced.
Williams, 41, already is being sued by an 18-year-old aspiring rapper who claims he was “viciously attacked and beaten” by Williams inside his tour van two nights before the Oakland concert. Police took Williams into custody after that incident but released him without any formal charges being filed.
He also is facing a $5 million lawsuit filed earlier this month by his personal assistant, who claims Williams hit her in the face in October, causing permanent eye injuries.
Two weeks before his show in Oakland, Williams was involved in a shoving match during a stand-up performance in Denver. He jumped offstage during that Nov. 1 performance and confronted a heckler.
Attempts to reach Williams’ agent weren’t immediately successful.