- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 11, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Ohio homeless man whose smooth broadcaster voice made him an Internet sensation was questioned by police after he and his daughter got into a heated argument at a hotel during a trip to Hollywood to appear on “Dr. Phil” and “Entertainment Tonight.”

“I don’t know how loud they were,” Officer Catherine Massey said, but the argument around 9 p.m. Monday at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa led to a disturbance report.

“It was minor. Both parties were angry but there were no signs of visible abuse,” Massey said Tuesday. She said Ted Williams and his daughter “were brought in, calmed down, talked to and released” and she did not know the nature of the argument.

Williams and his daughter were held at the Hollywood police station for less than an hour and they were not arrested, Massey said.

She declined to name Williams’ daughter, but a statement from “Entertainment Tonight” identified her as Janey (pronounced juh-NAY’) Williams.

Ted Williams told ET in a Tuesday night show that it was a family gathering that got out of control.

“I wanted to bring it to a close by just saying ‘shut the hell up and let me talk to your mother.’ When that was said out of my mouth my daughter exploded, just erupted into this jump up in my face type of thing, fists started flying, none of which were mine, none of which were mine, but it could have escalated to the point where it could have gotten really ugly. So in the process of doing that, I got scratched on my face,” he told ET.

Janey Williams told ET she was angry because her father, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, had resumed drinking.

“He has consumed at least a bottle of Gray Goose a night. That’s not including the Coronas he ordered, that’s not including the Budweisers he ordered, the other alcohol, the wines. He drinks heavily,” she said.

Ted Williams denied to ET that he had been drinking.

It was not known whether the two returned to the hotel next to the Hollywood Boulevard home of the Academy Awards presentation.

“Due to guest privacy laws, we don’t share details of our guests or their stays,” said Dan Shaughnessy, director of sales and marketing for the Renaissance.

Williams’ manager, Al Battle, declined to comment about or provide details of the incident but said a statement would be issued soon.

“Once we get all the facts, it’ll be out there for everybody to have,” he said in a brief phone interview with The Associated Press.

Williams flew into town to tape appearances on TV’s “Dr. Phil” show and “Entertainment Tonight.”

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