A "Real World" Arrest
Mon Feb 24, 6:30 PM ET
By Lia Haberman
Sin City veteran Alton Williams may have spent too much time in Las Vegas.
The Real World cast member was hauled off to the slammer early Saturday morning for taking a swing at a bar manager during a charity event in North Carolina, according to court documents published on The Smoking Gun Website
The San Diego native, who's currently starring in the 12th season of MTV's reality series, was at Bar Charlotte, in Mecklenburg County, as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser when he was busted for assault and resisting arrest.
According to the police report Williams, 23, turned "physically aggressive" after engaging in a shouting match with local barflys. Bouncers who tried pacify the semi-celebrity were subjected to "scratching, biting and using abusive language." (Attention, Alton: Real World behavior doesn't fly in the real world.)
Bar manager Jason Cain has since clammed up, but earlier today told a Smoking Gun reporter that he called cops after Williams threw a punch at him (and missed, in case you were interested). Police escorted the camera-ready cast member from the nightclub in handcuffs at 12:50 a.m. as 800 patrons snapped shots of the perp walk. Accompanying Williams to the squad car was Real World Las Vegas roomie and recent conquest Irulan, who ditched her longtime steady, Gabe, to hook up with Williams.
Joining the face-sucking couple in their charitable endeavor were Steven, Trishelle and Brynn. MTV's 15-minute faces served as celebrity bartenders, signed autographs and posed for pics in an effort raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Setting off a bar brawl was probably not on the list of endorsed activities.)
Williams, who donned angel wings to promote a nightclub while in Vegas, was apparently fed up of being paraded around the bar like a "sideshow freak" and freaked out.
After stewing behind bars for three hours, Williams was released on $3,000 bail and is due back in Mecklenburg County Superior Court on March 13 for a hearing on the misdemeanor charges.
It comes as no small surprise to learn that Williams isn't the first Real World housemate to swap the show's signature luxury digs for a spartan cell.
Puck practically had "inmate" tattooed on his forehead when he starred in the San Francisco version of the MTV series. Surprise, surprise, two years after his 1994 antics got him booted from the house David Edward Rainey (it's got a name) was apparently no easier to live with. He bashed his live-in girlfriend's head into a wall. Puck pleaded guilty to a count of corporal injury and spent eight months cooling his heels in jail in 1999, where bad behavior was unlikely to get him evicted.
Meanwhile, Williams' fellow Vegas roommate Frank Roessler also has a rap sheet. He was convicted of criminal mischief in March 2001 after trashing two frat houses at Bucknell University, where he was a student. (Two week's ago Roessler was featured being admitted to USC business school. Lock your doors.)
According to court documents listed on The Smoking Gun, the 22-year-old and a knucklehead friend broke into the Greek houses, destroyed toilets, smashed a door and cracked a window. Perhaps the broken toilets explain why mild-mannered Roessler and friend left "two fresh piles of feces" at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house?
Roessler, who was on probation while living large in Vegas, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief and was fined $2,000. (Is kissing a drunken Trishelle a punishable offense or just bad judgment?)
Finally, Seattle's Stephen Williams was in for a double dose of trouble when he was arrested for stealing a Toyota Camry last March (there's no accounting for taste). You night remember Williams as the one who slapped ailing housemate Irene. When cops hauled the 24-year-old into the station house they found the slap-happy guy had skipped out on an earlier court date based on a 2001 arrest for turning tricks in Hollywood. Williams pleaded guilty to car theft, according to The Smoking Gun and spent 30 days in the Los Angeles Men's Central Jail.