It has been quite a week for comedian Brad Williams. The 36-year-old Fullerton native and his wife, Jasmine, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Elway on Monday.

Less than 24 hours later, a video of a 2014 interview with Williams as a guest on Doug Benson’s “Getting Doug with High” podcast was brought back into the spotlight on which Williams shares a story in which he claims to have had non-consensual sex with a woman while on tour with Carlos Mencia. This video has popped up in the past, barely making a blip on the radar; this time it spread online like wildfire.

Williams addressed the furor via his various social media platforms on Tuesday:

“Hello everyone. Recently a podcast (Getting Doug With High) I did years ago, as a younger more inexperienced comedian has resurfaced. On the podcast, guests get high, talk and answer questions. A question was asked of me to describe a crazy story that happened on the road. I didn’t have any crazy stories, but I didn’t want to say ‘no,’ as this is a very popular podcast and I wanted to be funny, so I made up a story on the spot to try to be entertaining. Unfortunately, the story was not funny at all and made light of an incredibly serious topic. I understand that people were offended, and rightfully so, by me joking about such material and I want to take this opportunity to let you know that I regret what I said and apologize for the content of the story.

“But I want to emphasize that it was just a story that I made up. It was an unfunny, horrible fabrication and the actions described in the story never happened. Regardless, the topics that I made light of are extremely serious, and I want everyone to know that I fully support the #MeToo movement. My ‘joke’ contributed to rape culture. For that, I am embarrassed and ashamed. I’m embarrassed that my wanting to have a story and to make my friends laugh wound up going down that dark road. It’s not who I am, and I’ll do everything in my power to never be a part of that again. I need to do better, and I will.”

In the video, all three comedians, host Benson, Williams and fellow guest Eddie Ifft, can be seen getting high and swapping their stories. After Williams shared this encounter, Ifft looks uncomfortable and laughs nervously as he says, “I feel like that’s a rape story.” Meanwhile, Benson and the crew off-camera can be heard laughing.

Williams, who was born with achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism, got his big break while in the audience at a Mencia show at the Improv in Brea. Mencia picked him out of the crowd and offered Williams the chance to tell a few jokes. He was later on Mencia’s Comedy Central show “Mind of Mencia” and has gone on to have a very successful comedy career of his own as well as a podcast with fellow comic and actor Adam Ray titled “About Last Night.” Williams is a frequent guest on KROQ’s “The Kevin & Bean Show,” which is now “Kevin in the Morning with Allie & Jensen,” and he was also part of 2018 Netflix series, “The Degenerates.”

Since the video resurfaced almost immediately after Williams became a father, he also addressed his family in his statement.

“I hope people in my life, both personally and professionally will attest to my character,” he continued. “I want to set a good example for my daughter. So I will apologize to her, my wife, my friends, and my family. And to all of you, the people who have supported me throughout my career, I also apologize to you. I truly am deeply sorry for my words. I can’t express enough how sorry I am that I caused anyone pain and I’ll do everything I can to make this right. In the future, I will choose the contents of which I speak more carefully. For now, I’m taking some time off to be there for my new, growing family. I look forward to the future and wish you all the best that life has to offer. Thank you.”

Williams’ next tour date is scheduled for Feb. 22 at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella.

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