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May 22, 2019

Katt Williams reportedly sued by driver after alleged Portland airport assault

October 9, 2018
Katt Williams is being sued by a driver who says the comedian and his dog attacked him. (Robb Cohen/Invision/AP)

Katt Williams has been sued by a hired chauffeur who says the comedian insulted and punched him before chasing him down with the help of his German Shepherd after the driver denied the dog a passenger seat in his car.

Wali Kanani is asking for $76,000 in a lawsuit filed Monday in Multnomah County Circuit Court that accuses Williams of assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to The Oregonian.

The alleged attack took place at the Portland International Airport Friday, where Kanani was to take Williams to the Moda Center so he could appear in Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” show.

Williams was arrested that night on suspicion of fourth-degree assault.

Williams was arrested Friday on suspicion of fourth-degree assault. He's still in jail thanks to a warrant out of Georgia.
Williams was arrested Friday on suspicion of fourth-degree assault. He’s still in jail thanks to a warrant out of Georgia. (AP)

Kanani reportedly says in the lawsuit he arrived at a private hanger at the airport and was met by Williams, six of his colleagues and a “large, aggressive German Shepherd.”

The “Atlanta” actor allegedly requested the dog ride shotgun in Kanani’s car – and when the driver denied the request, chaos ensued.

Kanani says Williams, 47, called him “white trash” and punched him in the face before he and his dog chased him into the airport terminal.

“(Williams) stood on the other side giving (Kanani) menacing and threatening glares for several minutes before he left in another car that had arrived to take (Williams) and his colleagues away,” the lawsuit said, according to The Oregonian.

Kanani suffered minor facial injuries, and was treated at a local hospital, according to a police report obtained by the Daily News.

He said in the lawsuit that he suffered a broken tooth, a cut and swollen face and tinnitus in his ear that was still lingering Monday.

Lawyers for Williams and Kanani did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Williams, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty to a fourth-degree assault allegation on Monday, and remains in the Multnomah County Jail thanks to a warrant out of Georgia.

TMZ reports that the warrant was put out after Williams failed to show up to a scheduled court date that took place on the same day as this year’s Emmys ceremony.

Williams’ team failed to tell him he was due in court, so he headed to Los Angeles, where he picked up a Best Comedy Guest Actor trophy, according to the outlet.

This isn’t the first time Williams has been faced with a lawsuit.

The comedian was sued in April over an alleged 2016 assault in which he hurled a glass saltshaker at a restaurant worker’s face in Georgia.

He was also arrested that same year on suspicion of battery after allegedly punching a female hotel worker in Los Angeles.

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