01/06/2011 AT 6:55 PM ET
The voice may be velvety, but the past is checkered.
According to The Smoking Gun, homeless-man-turned-Internet-sensation Ted Williams, 53, has a rap sheet that includes theft, robbery, escape, forgery and drug possession. The Brooklyn native has at least six mug shots.
As recently as July, a local businessman called the police on Williams and a female friend who refused to leave the premises, alleging Williams had become an “ongoing problem.”
In an interview Thursday on the Today show, Williams admits he got heavily caught up with drugs and alcohol. “My life went to pits,” said Williams, who also discussed his criminal record on the morning show.