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Ted Williams, homeless man with golden voice, detained by LAPD at Hollywood hotel [Updated]

Ted Williams, center.

Ted Williams, the Ohio homeless man whose golden voice made him a YouTube sensation and brought him offers of work, was detained by the Los Angeles Police Department Monday night at a Hollywood hotel.

According to law enforcement sources, Williams and a unidentified family member were detained after police were called to the Renaissance Hotel on a disturbance call.

[Updated at 8:32 a.m.: The sources described the incident as an altercation with his daughter, but declined to provide further details.]

Williams was eventually released, and the sources said the investigation was continuing. The sources stressed it's unclear if any arrests would result from the probe. Sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing.

Williams was in Los Angeles for several televisions appearances, including "Entertainment Tonight." Earlier Monday, he visited the Lakers.

"It was good. It was the first time," Kobe Bryant told The Times' sports blog. "I had never seen him before, but I had heard a lot about him. It was pretty cool."


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Photo: Ted Williams, center, and his mother, Julia Williams, talk with "Today" show co-host Meredith Vieira on NBC's "Today" show on Friday. Credit: Peter Kramer / NBC

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What was he detained for? Having a "golden" voice? Article doesn't say.

Let's hope he didn't fall-off the wagon! =/

Villaraigosa is trying to recruit Mr. Williams to be his new gang czar.

Don't act suprised. Villaraigosa IS that shallow & dumb.

"The sources stressed its unclear [...]," should be, "The sources stressed it's unclear [...]". That's "it's", as in the contraction of "it is".

You're welcome. (You might think about hiring a copy-editor or two.)

This probably his last chance to turn his life around, the world is watching him especially the ones that gave him jobs. Behave lilke a mature, responsible adult, if he screwd up this tim. "Nobody to blame but himself"

It appears that he does not have a understanding of what made him homeless. With all that is happening to that looks good, it does not leave him room to do the things that will cause him to recover. As happy as I am for him, I am also afraid for him. Look at his mothers face she is fearful to.
I wish the best for him.

Well, you knew something like this was going to happen. If the guy had been dry for two years and was normal otherwise, he should have been able to get off the street.

He's in a vulnerable place. He's overwhelmed with happiness, but confused and probably unsure of whom to trust. He may have left his drug use behind, but the complications remain. He probably hasn't developed healthy coping mechanisms, and being confronted with his past is a powder keg. Those around him must respect this reality and help him to ease back into healthy functioning relationships. Too much confrontation with those angry at him for the wrongs he committed is not helpful at this point--especially in the public eye. Mr. Williams should face his past, but he also needs the proper support to manage what is bound to be a painful and confusing reality.

Looks to me like those lottery winners who can't handle the new life and soon fall deep in troubles -

OK, Mr. Williams has had his time in the spotlight. Time to move on. Isn't there some twentysomething no-ltalent actor in some vampire movie we can spotlight next?

I dont think it was wise to but him with family members so soon. There has to be alot of animosity. The media will destroy him for the sake of news. He needs to make discisions he is comfortable with and not let them push him into situations like this.

Ted Williams 10 minutes of fame is just about up. His voice over skills are very average. On the radio he would be known as a "puker". Now it appears he can't handle the positive attention he's received.

How dare they arrest Ted Williams. He is the voice of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. The LAPD can't destroy our fairy tale. SAG & AFTRA offered him free membership and dues. Oprah wants him. Jack Nicholson desires the deadbeat dad for an upcoming role. This is an abomination to our collective dream making. Please dont say it is true. Never again!

Poor guy, people are going to be coming out of the woodwork to get their share. Estranged family members, creditors, ex-girlfriends, I imagine there's a long line of them.

Let's not forget that there's also the possibility that his daughter's the one who provoked the altercation. It's possible. My family makes me sick--child abusers, rage-aholics, alcoholics, low-lifes; the only way for me to avoid their toxins was to cut them off--if I hadn't done so, I probably would have ended up just like them.

That's bad news, hope he does well. Theres plenty of people needing help these days, and that gives hope to those who need it!!! DONT!!! turn on him, give him ENCOURAGEMENT!!!

Let's hope he makes it. Hollywood has pushed him to the top, and soon they will have no other choice but to try and push him back down. The ratings are the same in either direction.

Godspeed Ted.


After your post, the article was updated, and it does say supposedly why he was detained: "The [police] sources described the incident as an altercation with his daughter, but declined to provide further details."

Best not to jump to conclusions, but it should serve as a caution to everyone who has followed this story: a person rarely - very rarely - simply falls from success to squalor randomly, or for no meaningful reason. More often than not, there's a pattern of thinking and behavior that leads to a chute, and that fall happens far faster and more easily than any possible resurrection.

I wish Williams all the best, but I'd describe myself as hopeful rather than optimistic regarding his prospects.

By what I seen and heard the daughter is only wanting to see him fall off the wagon as the saying goes. So much has been made out of what he left and done, and there are a lot that can't stand for good things to happen to anyone. It doesn't make for "good news" which if foolish but in today's world that is all most people think about. We are our "neighbor's keeper" and the sooner we all learn that fact the better off this world will be...I for one wish Ted Williams all the best in the world and pray that he shows all of us that good things do happen for those that strive for it!!!!!!!

Leave it to the LAPD to give this guy a hard time and put him in the news...for what...arguing with his daughter? Morons.

Kraft (macaroni & cheese) has probably canceled his contract already...

Why is he a poster boy in all this when there are thousands of hard working students in broadcasting schools with equally good voices..What this is ,is clearly human reaction to show the world how kind humans can be and sympathetic despite the horrors and misery humans also dish out to each other on a regular basis.

Of today, Ted even has his own fundraiser website. Check it out on www.tedwilliamsyourvoice.com

"What if"all of a sudden forgotten man now has funds and family want to get a share.......

@Manuel: the article does say what he was detained for=a altercation with his daughter.
You know, I am happy for this guy, because he survived being homeless...but let's not make him out to be some sort of hero...he did after all abandon his 9 children (not to mention his wife). That is something he will never able to make up to them. I do hope that he does the right thing from now on and that he and his family are able to bond.

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