- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Katt burglar?

Comedian and rapper Katt Williams remained jailed in suburban Atlanta on Monday after police said they arrested the entertainer for breaking into a home.

Mr. 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 more than $41,000 Monday afternoon, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Yarbrough said the Sunday night incident happened at a home in Newnan, about 38 miles southwest of Atlanta. Mr. Yarbrough said the unidentified homeowner called police around 9 p.m. to report the comedian had “gained entry by breaking into the home, and items were taken from the residence.”

According to the police report, Mr. Williams had a crowbar when he entered and is accused of taking $3,555 in jewelry and collectible coins. Police think the entertainer was in Georgia working on a film.

Mr. 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.

Going solo?

We’ve heard it all before, but this time there may be some truth to stories that Aerosmith’s lead singer, Steven Tyler, is going solo for good, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

The whispers started after the band’s recent gig in Abu Dhabi, fueled by a comment made by bassist Tom Hamilton to the Boston Herald about Mr. Tyler quitting.

Now Aerosmith’s Joe Perry tells the Las Vegas Sun, “Steven quit, as far as I can tell.”

Mr. Tyler isn’t talking, but recently he strongly hinted he was ready to move on. In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, he said, “I don’t know what I’m doing yet, but it’s definitely going to be something Steven Tyler, working on the brand of myself — Brand Tyler.”

As the band approaches its 40th anniversary next year, Mr. Perry says Aerosmith will go on, even without Mr. Tyler, and if he indeed has quit for good, the band will hire a replacement singer.

Short takes

• Former Miss California Carrie Prejean’s name was mysteriously removed from an ultraconservative event in New Jersey after reports of a hard-core sex video starring the dethroned beauty queen surfaced, Denverpost.com reports. According to the celebrity Web site TMZ, Miss Prejean was scheduled to speak on Friday at an event called “Defenders of the Family.” But after word got out about her in a solo sex tape, she was removed from the schedule, TMZ says. A spokesman for the New Jersey Family Policy Council wouldn’t say whether it or Miss Prejean canceled. However, as of Thursday Miss Prejean was still on the schedule. Attempts to reach Miss Prejean’s representatives were unsuccessful, TMZ said.

Michael Jackson’s father, Joe, is seeking an allowance from his son’s estate to help cover expenses that exceed $15,000 a month, according to court documents filed Friday, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. The latest court documents say the Jackson family patriarch receives a $1,700 monthly Social Security payment and had relied on his son — who died June 25 — for support for many years.

James Woods played a lawyer on the CBS series “Shark.” Now he needs one in real life. According to Philly.com, the actor has sued a Rhode Island hospital over the 2006 death of his younger brother, Michael, who was 49 when he died at Kent Hospital in Warwick of what was believed to be a heart attack. Mr. Woods, who is executor of his brother’s estate, claims his brother received negligent medical care.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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