Grapevine: Comedian Katt Williams arrested

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Comedian Katt Williams arrested in Georgia

Comedian Katt Williams, who performed at Joe Louis Arena last month, has been arrested again. He was charged with battery on Monday in Gainsville, Georgia, after an employee at a pool supply store told police Williams punched him, the Associated Press reports. When police arrived at 11:30 a.m. they found the comedian outside lying on the ground with his hands behind his back. The store employee stated that Williams was in the store with two women, and was arguing with the employee and threw a pair of goggles at him. He then allegedly went behind the counter and punched the employee. Hall County sheriff’s deputy Nicole Bailes says Williams faces a misdemeanor battery charge and was being held on $5,000 bond. Williams, who has a series of successful comedy specials and tours regularly, has been arrested several times for a variety of reasons, from carrying a concealed weapon to child endangerment. Most recently he was in trouble with Suge Knight when, in 2014, they were arrested for stealing a camera from a photographer in Beverly Hills.

Rolling Stones to perform in Havana, Cuba

British rock band Rolling Stones will perform in Cuba for the first time on March 25. “We have performed in many special places during our long career, but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba, too,” the band said in a press release. The open-air concert will be at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana.

Essence Festival lineup includes Dej Loaf

Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar will return to the Essence Festival in New Orleans this summer. Mariah Carey, Ciara, Babyface, Tyrese, Leon Bridges and Detroit’s own Dej Loaf are also scheduled to perform at the festival, which is June 30-July 3.

Stradlin not in Guns N’ Roses reunion

After much speculation and wondering among Guns N’ Roses fans, the air has been cleared as to whether guitarist Izzy Stradlin will rejoin the group for its upcoming reunion shows. “At this point in time, I will not be playing any of the April 2016 GNR shows,” Stradlin said in an email to Rolling Stone. “I’ve also not been in the studio recording or writing with any of the others recently. There is so much speculation, but so very little info, I thought I should reach out.” Stradlin also confirmed to the music mag that a recently opened Twitter account, @IzzyStradlin999, is indeed authentic.

Wednesday’s birthdays

Jon Bon Jovi, 54

Daniel Craig, 48

Chris Martin, 39

Rebel Wilson, 36

Bryce Dallas Howard, 35