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Comedian is No Show for Trial

3/6/2019, 6 a.m.
A Multnomah county Judge issued an arrest warrant Monday for comedian and actor Katt Williams after he failed to show ...
Comedian and actor Katt Williams (AP file photo)

A Multnomah county Judge issued an arrest warrant Monday for comedian and actor Katt Williams after he failed to show up for trial on charges of assaulting his chauffeur driver at the Portland Airport last October.

Williams’ lawyer stood in his client’s place and Judge Kenneth Walker set bail for $10,000.

The comedian and actor—whose real name is Micah Sierra Williams—earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of 4th-degree assault for allegedly punching his driver Wali Kanani after Kanani wouldn’t let Williams’ dog ride in the front seat. Williams was slated to appear on Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” improv comedy show at the Moda Center at the time.

The chauffeur suffered a broken tooth, laceration to the face, and struggles with chronic migraines and ringing in his ears as a result of the incident, the lawsuit stated. He is asking $990,000 in compensation and punitive damages.

Williams, who lives in Georgia, could settle the case out of court. In some cases, under the approval of a judge, a monetary compensation may count as a civil compromise that would allow a 4th degree criminal charge to be dismissed in Oregon.