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Comedian Katt Williams Arrested on Battery Charge in Georgia

Comedian Katt Williams was arrested Monday in Gainesville, Georgia, on a battery charge after a store employee told police that Williams punched him during an argument.

Police in Gainesville, about 55 miles northeast of Atlanta, responded to an assault call at a swimming pool supply store about 11:30 a.m. ET 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.

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Katt Williams in an arrest photo Monday in Hall County, Georgia. Hall County Sheriff's Office via AP

A store employee told officers that 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 faced a misdemeanor battery charge and was being held on $5,000 bond. Jail records show that 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.

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