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Katt Williams Slap Victim

Target FIRED ME

Over the Incident

12/4/2012 10:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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11:22 AM PT -- A Target spokesperson confirms Forrest has been fired from the store ... but explains, "His departure was unrelated to the video footage that has appeared online."

The rep adds, "Out of respect for the privacy of this individual, we cannot discuss the reasons for his departure."

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The Target employee who was PIMP SLAPPED in the face by Katt Williams says he's been FIRED from his job ...even though HE was the one who was attacked.

TMZ broke the story ... Forrest Liebenberg was having a calm conversation with the comic in the Northern California store when Katt slapped him in the face for no apparent reason.  Liebenberg didn't strike back ... instead he pulled out his phone and called for help.

After the incident, Forrest told CBS13 he'd been terminated from his job with no explanation -- saying, “They weren’t very clear, but it is obvious to me that it was based on this incident.”

He added, "Maybe I was a little uninformed about how seriously the situation was with Target, but obviously it is pretty serious."

Forrest says he doesn't know if Target believes he's the person who leaked the security footage to TMZ. He also claims he is NOT the leaker.

We reached out to Target for comment -- so far, radio silence.

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287 COMMENTS

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151.

Tony    

Figures, Being a former employee for that company I left due to the way they run their business now. They have kids as higher up managers that don't know what they're doing. I hope that kid sues that company Just glad I quit working for them,.

602 days ago
152.

Slow News Day    

Little man Katt needs a good ole fashion ass whooping.

602 days ago
153.

Trillian.marie    

I smell a class action lawsuit.....

602 days ago
154.

Cole    

F*** Target!! I work for those *******s.. this is just wrong. He's probably better off not working for them anyway.

602 days ago
155.

Deborah O'Donnell    

WOW GUESS I WILL NOT BE GOING TO TARGET TO XMAS SHOP! AND MAYBE A LITTLE BOYCOTT AT THE NEW CANADIAN STORES WILL GIVE THEM A HINT THAT WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS CRAPPY! OFF TO SQUARE 1 MAKING A FEW SIGNS! WELL SEE IF TARGET STILL HEARTS CANADA TOMORROW!~

602 days ago
156.

BB not bb    

Americnas, the corporate octopus machine is all about humiliating the American worker. They want to make the USA into a slave state like China. Boycott all of these big corporate garbage businesses. Shop local and shop small business and support your neighbor. I already won't set foot in a Target. They whole atmosphere there just repulses me. They put small business owners out of business. All of these huge chain stores and restuarants are like that.


Corporations don't care about people. They are just revenue generating machines. If you want to stand up for the 99%, stand up for small business.

602 days ago
157.

Astropilot     

Target has cir***vent their rules several times for stuff like this and got away with it. I have worked for Target for years also. Sure, a paper trail is good (especially for conduct issues fighting unemployment payouts) but its very difficult to prove wrongful termination. Most of the time they will follow their own rules, but will cut their losses in this case. Working in AP and HR in L.A. I have seen a lot if these. Even if you are HR doing everything right, but caught up this, they will get rid of you. You can boycott all you want, it just might a temporary victory. This not a Target thing, it's a corporate thing. Changes the laws, or he union collective bargaining laws, then you will see a real difference.

602 days ago
158.

BB not bb    

People are brainwashed by slick advertising and marketing techniques. Target is the same garbage as Walmart. If you need cheap Chinese trash, go to a dollar store. I think people should throw their TV's out and stop allowing them to lull them into thinking that these corporate chaines are doing them any favors.


I hate when people call Target, Tarjay, and pretend it is some kind of classy place for the little guy. It is just they big red dotted corral they are using to herd the cattle before the slaughter.


Wake up people.

602 days ago
159.

BB not bb    

We are the 99% . . . boycott Target. Boycott corporations. They are destroying the American taxpayer, worker and the US economy with all of their rip-off bailouts and special favors from government like corporate welfare.

TAKE BACK AMERICA. BOYCOTT CORPORATE GREED.

602 days ago
160.

BB not bb    

Oh and another heads up. If you get a message saying that your IP address has been banned like so many posters here, just keep clicking the comment button till you post goes through. GLP seems to be doing their censoring through spyware here. They don't like when you pick on their fascist corporate friends.

602 days ago
161.

BB not bb    

HARLAN COUNTY USA -- GO UNION. If you haven't seen the movie "Harlan County USA, rent it on Netflix ASAP.

602 days ago
162.

charmed    

reguardless of security footage someone had it on their cell phone so either way it was out there

602 days ago
163.

PLEASE READ    

GO TO THIS FACEBOOK PAGE AND HELP BOYCOTT TARGET

http://www.facebook.com/HelpBoycottTarget

602 days ago
164.

Darlene1    

Katt Williams needs to sit his little short tail down some where.

602 days ago
165.

flats    

The guy got fired for one of two things. First it is against Target policy to have a cell phone on you while you are working. This is probably the reason he got axed. The other is because of not being in a red shirt. I would bet money on the first. He was probably also a seasonal worker or on probation so easy to fire and not have to go through the steps of oral reprimand, written reprimand, etc. I use to work at Target as a team lead so know it was more that likely the cell phone that got him.

602 days ago
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