Ted Williams, the Ohio homeless man turned celebrity with a radio voice, was detained by Los Angeles police after a disturbance at a hotel in Hollywood, California.
The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that Ted Williams was briefly detained Monday night, along with his daughter, after the two got into a heated argument at the Renaissance Hotel, according to KTLA Los Angeles.
Officer Catherine Massey of the LAPD-Hollywood Division said a report of minor disturbance at the Renaissance Hotel, between Williams and his daughter, around 9 p.m Monday evening resulted in Williams and his daughter being brought into the police station for questioning, reports KTLA.
Officer Massey said, "The two were released about an hour later after officers calmed them down, with no arrests being made." KTLA reported it was not known what the two were arguing about, but this time it may be his 'golden voice' that got him trouble.
The Associated Press and FOX News reported Massey said, "I don't know how loud they were, both parties were angry but there were no signs of visible abuse."
The AP report added that it was not clear if Williams or his daughter, who has not been named, returned to the Renaissance Hotel after being released from the LAPD police station. The Renaissance Hotel has not responded to calls or given a statement at this time.
Ted Williams, 53, had been living in homeless camps and on the streets of Columbus, Ohio, and was standing at the side of the road with a sign stating that he has a God-given gift of voice, reports Digital Journal. A videographer for the Columbus Dispatch filmed Williams and posted the video on the newspaper’s website and on YouTube, creating an Internet sensation and a 'feelgood' story that the public has embraced and the media continue to report on.
Williams, whose life has spiraled downward for 20 years due to admitted substance abuse, has received multiple job offers and made numerous appearances on morning news programs and was just in New York City where he completed a couple commercial voice-overs including one for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese that was to air Sunday during the Fight Hunger Bowl on ESPN, reports CBS New York.
Coping with the sudden fame has been challenging for Williams, “I wanted a nerve pill yesterday, to be honest with you,” Ted Williams said Friday on CBS’ “Early Show.” Williams said a psychologist talked him out of it, according to the CBS report.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Williams was in California this week for several televisions appearances, including "Entertainment Tonight." He also made a visit to the Lakers private practice facility to personally meet Kobe Bryant and the team.