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Yesterday, Ward 1 D.C. Council candidate Chad Williams pleaded guilty to simple assault in D.C. Superior Court. The charge stemmed from a March 27 domestic violence incident with Williams’ ex-girlfriend at his Holmead Place NW home. An arrest report alleges that after the woman had sought out Williams to resolve lingering financial matters, he became “angry and upset” and dragged her out of the house.
In a strange turn, the hapless pol ran into the woman the following day at the courthouse’s domestic violence division, where they had both showed up to file stay-away requests against one another. Williams was arrested on the scene.
In a chat with City Desk, Williams describes the victim as a “stalker” who’d been showing up at his home uninvited ever since their split. He says that he was forced to physically remove her from his house when she refused to leave. He denies that he ever “threw the complainant to the front porch,” as the woman apparently reported to police.
“Yes, I grabbed her and forced her out of my house,” says Williams, “[but] in no way was I the one who was pursuing or stalking.” Williams says he was harassed by the arresting officer and filed a complaint with the police department’s review board. The Columbia Heights native and former Marine scores big points with City Desk for not denying that he blurted the arrest report’s money quote: “Get the fuck out this house, bitch.”
“I wanted the lady out the damn house,” he explains.
Should Williams manage to defeat incumbent Jim Graham for the Democratic nomination and go on to win the seat, he’ll want to get his 80 hours of community service and 16 weeks of anger management classes out of the way before his council session starts. Williams admits to having mixed feelings with regard to the judge’s orders. “I’m indifferent to…the community service,” he says, noting that he already works with the House of Ruth, a local network of women’s shelters. “But, yeah, the anger management sucks.”