Jan 12, 2011


Via NY Daily News:

Things are rapidly devolving for the homeless man with the golden voice. Now his daughter says he drinks a bottle of vodka every night -- and he says she hits him.

Ted Williams recounted his Monday night arrest by the Los Angeles Police Department, claiming his 29-year-old daughter, Janey, hit him during a family altercation at a Hollywood hotel.

"I wanted to bring it to a close by just saying, 'Shut the hell up and let me talk to your mother,'" the 53-year-old recovering alcoholic told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday.

Williams had been in Los Angeles to tape a number of shows, including "Entertainment Tonight" and a two-part episode of "Dr. Phil," which airs on Wednesday.

"When that was said out of my mouth, my daughter exploded -- fists got a flyin' -- none of which were mine," Williams said, showing the camera scratches on his face and nose. He said Janey kept threatening to sell his story.

Williams drew national attention earlier this month after The Columbus Dispatch aired a video of the former panhandler on a streetcorner holding a sign touting his incredible voice.

Telling her side of the altercation, Janey said her father went on a violent tirade. "He said 'You, you fat [expletive], and when he said that, I just got angry," she recounted.

She added that her father -- a former radio personality -- has turned back to the bottle since his newfound fame.

"He's consumed at least a bottle of Grey Goose a night, at least," Janey said. "That's not including the Coronas he orders, that's not including the Budweisers he orders, that's not including the other alcohol, the wines. He drinks "heavily."

After being taken from the Renaissance Hotel to the police station, Williams was eventually released after about an hour. A spokeswoman for the LAPD said no charges were pressed.

Williams denied that he was drinking again and said his daughter was simply trying to take advantage of him.

Janey, Williams said, was "selling me out on this fame and fortune ticket."


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