Katt Williams reaches deal with assault victim


FILE – In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, Katt Williams attends the LA Premiere of “Father Figures” in Los Angeles. Williams was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a driver. Williams is in jail Sunday, Oct, 7, 2018. He had come to Portland to perform in Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” comedy improv show Friday […]

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Comedian Katt Williams reached a civil compromise with the limo driver he was accused of assaulting and they agreed to drop their lawsuit.

Attorney Adam S. Heder told KOIN 6 News his client, Wali Kanani, reached the deal with Williams Thursday morning, “which was approved by the Court this morning.”

Heder said their civil case against Williams will be dropped.

In October 2018, Williams pleaded not guilty to 4th-degree assault, three days after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a driver — Wali Kanani — who was taking him to a performance at the Moda Center. He also faced a harassment charge.

Kanani said Williams swore at him and then punched him in the face after he told Williams his dog couldn’t ride in the front seat.

According to the lawsuit, Kanani suffered a broken tooth, a laceration, swelling and tinnitus in his ear. His attorney said he wants just under $1 million for compensation and punitive damages.

The case took a twist on Monday when Williams did not show up for the beginning of his trial. Judge Kenneth Walker issued a warrant for Williams’ arrest and the trial was suspended.

But with this development, all parts of this case have been or will soon be dismissed.

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