Life isn’t easy for Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, particularly if your neighborhood is Times Square.
Philip Williams, who’s just one of two wall-crawlers who lurk around the New York City tourist magnet charging for photos, was arrested Sunday after he allegedly punched a 44-year-old mother who refused to pay him for posing with her two kids.
The New York Post reports the woman stormed off to find her husband, intent on revenge. But upon her return … she angrily confronted the wrong Spider-Man. “A woman came to me and said, ‘What did you do to me, you fucker?’” the other webhead told the newspaper. “Her husband came over and said it was a different Spider-Man. They went over to the other one and started fighting.”
With that web of confusion untangled, the husband beat the 35-year-old Williams with a backpack until police arrived and hauled Spidey away, proving once again that J. Jonah Jameson was right.
“Getting arrested isn’t good for any of us,” a man who dresses as Big Bird told the Post. “It makes us all look bad.” Yes, that’s what makes them look bad.
But at a bail hearing, Williams claimed he was the victim and only acted in self-defense. In his version of events, the woman apologized for not having money to tip him for the photo. When he replied “You’re crap,” she struck him with a snowball. And so he punched her. With great power something-something-something …
Williams, who was charged with assault and harassment and released without having to pay bail, clearly is cursed with that Parker luck, as prosecutors noted he’s had brushes with the law before.