Comedian Katt Williams jailed in Ga. over burglary

ATLANTA (AP) - Comedian and rapper Katt Williams was released on bond Monday after police said they arrested the entertainer for breaking into a home and stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and coins.

Williams, who police say is 38, is charged with burglary and criminal trespassing, according to Coweta County Sheriff's Office Maj. James Yarbrough.

A Coweta County magistrate set bond at $41,150 Monday afternoon. Williams was released Monday night. As he emerged from the Coweta County Jail, he called the alleged burglary "a misunderstanding between me and two stupid detectives."

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported he was mobbed by about 50 excited fans before departing in a van filled with friends and associates. Yarbrough said the Sunday night incident happened at a home in Newnan, about 38 miles southwest of Atlanta.

An employee - identified in a police report as Daniel Broach - who works at the estate where the comedian is staying called 911 around 9 p.m. to report a break-in at a guesthouse on the property. Williams had a crowbar when he entered and is accused of taking $3,555 in jewelry and collectable coins. He said he was staying at producer Barry Hankerson's Coweta estate while in town filming a movie about President Barack Obama.

The actor told Coweta County Magistrate Judge Joseph Wyatt he was "in the middle of a birthday party" when arrested.

"I'm one of the most honorable people in my profession," he said.

Williams, whose real name is Micah S. Katt Williams, is known for his roles in the movies "Friday After Next" and "Norbit."

His comedy DVD, "Katt Williams: Pimpadelic," was no. 8 in the nation for sales during the week of Oct. 30, according to Nielsen/VideoScan.

But lately the entertainer has gained as much attention for criminal troubles as for his quips. He was briefly jailed in November 2008 after New York police said officers discovered three guns in Williams' car after pulling him over for driving without a license plate.

Manhattan prosecutors dropped weapons charges in July after running into problems proving their case. A judge sentenced Williams to three years of probation in 2006 after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed firearm. Authorities had arrested Williams on Nov. 6 at Los Angeles International Airport after finding a gun in his briefcase. Williams lives in Woodland Hills, Calif.

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