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Homeless man who became a hit on Net gets calmed down by police

The Ohio homeless man whose smooth broadcaster voice made him an Internet sensation was questioned by police after he and his daughter got into a heated argument at a hotel during a trip to Hollywood to appear on "Dr. Phil" and "Entertainment Tonight."

"I don't know how loud they were," Officer Catherine Massey said, but the argument at about 9 p.m. Monday in the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa led to a disturbance report.

"It was minor. Both parties were angry, but there were no signs of visible abuse," Massey said Tuesday. She said that Ted Williams and his daughter "were brought in, calmed down, talked to and released" and that she did not know the nature of the argument.

Williams and his daughter were held at the Hollywood police station for less than an hour, and they were not arrested, Massey said.

She declined to name Williams' daughter, but a statement from "Entertainment Tonight" identified her as Janey Williams.

Williams flew into town to tape appearances on TV's "Dr. Phil" show and "Entertainment Tonight."

The two-part "Dr. Phil" episode was taped over the weekend to air Tuesday and today. On today's segment, Williams meets with his ex-wife, Patricia, and five of his nine children, according to a statement from the show.

"In this emotional reunion, Williams talks openly with his family about the man he is today, the influences that threaten his sobriety and what his children can expect from him in the future. His children respond in a very raw and candid manner," the statement said.

"Everyone is pulling for Ted, but his 15 minutes are going to be over, and then he'll be left to manage a life filled with temptation," host Phil McGraw said. "We're going to try and help him prepare for that, because it would be a real tragedy if he did not make the most of this extraordinary second chance."

Williams, 53, trained to be a radio announcer but found his life derailed by drugs and alcohol in the 1990s. He has served time in prison for theft and forgery and has been cited with numerous misdemeanors, including drug abuse.

Williams became famous almost overnight after the Columbus Dispatch posted a Web video of him last week.

Since then, he has done a television commercial for Kraft macaroni and cheese, appeared on various news shows, recorded voice-over promos for cable news and was offered an announcing job with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team.

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