Katt Williams was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after a stolen gun was found in his briefcase, airport police said.
The 35-year-old comedian was arrested shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday after he was stopped at a security checkpoint, airport police Officer Belinda Nettles said.
“An unknown object popped up on the X-ray monitor,” and a search of his briefcase turned up an unloaded gun that was found to have been reported stolen, Nettles said.
Williams was taken to a city police station and booked under the name of Micah S. Katt Williams for investigation of illegally possessing a firearm, Nettles said.
A call to his agent, Chris Smith, wasn’t immediately returned Tuesday.
Williams, who was born in Cincinnati, won Cedric the Entertainer’s “best Los Angeles comics award” in 2001, according to his Web site.
He also is an actor, perhaps best known for the role of Money Mike in the 2002 movie “Friday After Next.” Williams has done several TV comedy specials and has collaborated on musical projects with Snoop Dogg and other well-known rappers.