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

January 11, 2011|By Andrew Blankstein | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

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 its 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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