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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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61.

Itoldu    

Another big corporation that don't give a rat's ass about their employees.
I will not be setting foot in Target anytime soon.
P.S. those collections you have suck.

658 days ago
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Jenna    

Yet, it's guaranteed that if the white guy had done the slapping instead of the black guy, the white guy would be in jail, and there would be al sharpton led mobs of protesters.

658 days ago
63.

IZS    

He should get employee of the month......I always liked Katt, but he's out of control.

658 days ago
64.

doodoopapah    

KATT + Target = POS

658 days ago
65.

james    

get ready for a huge employment lawsuit target!!

658 days ago
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Majestik    

I'll bet this young man wouldn't be having this problem if he were a young woman! I'll bet Target would be the first one's to file a lawsuit against Williams for assaulting an employee if he were female. What a garbage company, just goes to what billion dollar corporations think of the little people.
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Too bad the CEO for Target wasn't on Undercover Boss and the one behind that counter when Williams came in, holy hell would break loose then.

658 days ago
67.

tleeg    

Take their ass to court and sue for wrongful termination.

658 days ago
68.

Majestik    

Right, I just read the update. He was fired for something unrelated? Just happens to be at the time of this video leak? Love how they won't give the reason. Protect his privacy, my arse, this has gone viral, maybe you should UNPROTECT his privacy and give us your reasoning. I hope the kid sues the pants off Target and Williams.

658 days ago
69.

Huicho    

lawsuit time

658 days ago
70.

Darogr    

Target is becoming as bad as Walmart.

658 days ago
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Melissa So Cal    

What a jerky move by Katt Williams and Target.

658 days ago
72.

LightJ    

Target is full of sh*t.. Has nothing to do with the fight huh, but he get's fired the next day. Gee what a coincident. You're full of sh*t.

658 days ago
73.

dan    

Target did the best thing in the world for this Guy now when he sues katt he has real damages throw in some mental anguish and he's got a seven figure payday

658 days ago
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bernergirl    

Targets reputation in the workplace is getting as bad as Walmart! Who wants to work for a company that locks their employees in at night and regulates bathroom breaks, now won't stand up for an employee that clearly was not the aggressor? Wrongful termination for millions I say! If Target wants to make examples out of its employees then it's only fair the justice system stands up for the employee! Gloria Alred.... Where are you? There is money out there????

658 days ago
75.

lucy    

no Christmas shopping at Target for me.

He will sue, he will win.

658 days ago
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