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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A trip to Hollywood for appearances on “Dr. Phil” and “Entertainment Tonight” got off to a rough start for an Ohio homeless man whose golden voice has made him an Internet sensation.
A disturbance report was made after Ted Williams and his daughter got into a heated argument Monday at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa.
“It was minor. Both parties were angry but there were no signs of visible abuse,” Los Angeles police Officer Catherine Massey said Tuesday. She said the two “were brought in, calmed down, talked to and released” and she did not know the nature of the argument.
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 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.
“Entertainment Tonight” covered his meeting with voiceover actors at a Screen Actors Guild Foundation sound studio who offered to help Williams become a guild member voiceover artist, according to a show statement.
The two-part “Dr. Phil” episode was taped over the weekend to air Tuesday and Wednesday. On the Wednesday segment, Williams meets with his ex-wife, Patricia, and five of his nine children, according to a statement from the show.
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