Judge Awards Damages Against Katt Williams in Assault Case

criminal-justice-careersMarch 8, 2017 – On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, a Hall County State Court judge awarded Pope McGlamry’s client, Paul Love, $86,715.00 in damages arising from an assault incident instigated by Micah “Katt” Williams, that took place on February 29, 2016.  Mr. Love was working at Leslie’s Pool Supplies in Gainesville, Georgia when Mr. Williams came into the store.  Mr. Williams piled 30-35 items on the counter and as Mr. Love began to ring up the merchandise, Mr. Williams left the store.  Mr. Williams returned to the store quite a while later, and accused Mr. Love of not ringing up the items because he, Mr. Love, was a racist.  Mr. Williams flew into a rage, berating Mr. Love, punching him in the face, hurling merchandise at him, and interfering numerous times with Mr. Love’s attempts to call 9-1-1.  Mr. Love, who had undergone brain surgery just two months prior to the assault, feared for both his safety and his health, testifying that he “didn’t know what [Katt Williams] was going to do” or whether he had a weapon.  On behalf of Mr. Love, Pope McGlamry brought claims for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, slander and punitive damages against Mr. Williams.  After Mr. Williams failed to answer the Plaintiff’s complaint, the Court entered a Default Judgment on February 2, 2017.  On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017, the Court heard arguments from Pope McGlamry attorneys Caroline McGlamry and M.J. Blakely on the issue of unliquidated damages, and awarded Mr. Love damages for past medical expenses, pain and suffering, intentional infliction of emotion distress, and punitive damages, as well as court costs.