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Ted Williams headed to rehab after being detained by LAPD, meeting with Dr. Phil

January 12, 2011 |  6:07 pm


Ted Williams, the Ohio homeless man whose "golden voice" made him a YouTube sensation, is entering rehab after being briefly detained by  Los Angeles police earlier this week.

Williams appeared on the "Dr. Phil" show, where he was confronted about claims he was drinking. After the show, Dr. Phil announced in a news release that Williams was going to get treatment for a drinking problem.

"If Ted is ever going to get better, he’s got to be honest with himself and admit he’s addicted to drugs and alcohol,” the statement said. “I’ve told him it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take a lot of hard work. It might be a long journey for him, but this is a big step in the right direction.”

Williams had said Tuesday that the altercation with his daughter at a Hollywood hotel was a minor family squabble.

The Los Angeles Police Department was called to the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on a disturbance call Monday night, briefly detaining Williams and his daughter. No one was arrested and it's unclear if any charges will be filed.

Williams told "Entertainment Tonight" that the incident occurred at the end of a family reunion. He said he and his daughter exchanged words. "My daughter exploded, just erupted into this jump-up-in-my-face type of thing. Fists started flying, none of which were mine, none of which were mine, but it could have escalated to the point where it could have gotten really ugly," he told the TV show.

His daughter told "ET" that she was upset because her father was drinking -- something Williams denied to the show.

Williams was in L.A. appearing on talk shows and looking into possible voice-over jobs.


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Photo: Ted Williams appears on the "Today" show. Credit: Associated Press