Los Angeles, May 16 (IANS) “The Wire” star Wendell Pierce was arrested at an Atlanta hotel after reportedly physically assaulting a woman supporting US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. He was later released.
Sources at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta said the actor, best known for his role as Baltimore Police Detective William “Bunk” Moreland on “The Wire”, struck up a conversation with the woman and her boyfriend, which turned political.
Pierce, a big Hillary Clinton supporter, got upset when the woman declared her support for Sanders, reports tmz.com.
According to the source, Pierce, who played Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the HBO drama “Confirmation”, became enraged, pushed the woman’s boyfriend and then went after her, grabbing her hair and smacking her in the head.
The source also claimed that the woman and her boyfriend went to their room and called hotel security, who then called the police.
Pierce was arrested and booked for battery. He posted a $1,000 bond and was released.