HBO's 'The Wire' Actor Wendell Pierce Arrested for Attacking Bernie Sanders Supporter at Atlanta Hotel
May 16, 2016 09:39 AM EDT
Wendell Pierce, known for his role on HBO's 'The Wire', was arrested over the weekend at an Atlanta hotel for attacking a woman who was a Bernie Sanders supporter. The actor was booked on the charge of simple battery on May 14 and was released on the same day after posting a $1,000 bond.
According to Fox News, Pierce was arrested for allegedly attacking a woman who was a vocal supporter of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. Atlanta Police Department spokesman Donald Hannah said that the television actor was arrested at the Loews Atlanta Hotel early morning on Saturday.
Pierce reportedly struck up a conversation with a woman and her boyfriend at around three in the morning and they eventually got into the topic of politics. According to another article on TMZ, Pierce is a known supporter of Hilary Clinton.
When the woman declared her support for Sanders, the 52-year old actor reportedly pushed the boyfriend and went on to attack the woman by grabbing her hair and hitting her in the head. One witness said that the woman and her boyfriend proceeded to call hotel security following the incident.
According to Time, the actor is best known for his work on several HBO television series including his role as Detective Bunk Moreland on the crime-drama series 'The Wire'. He also starred in the drama series 'Treme', the legal drama series 'Suits', as well as the sitcom 'The Odd Couple'. Pierce also appeared on several full-feature films including 'The Fighting Temptations', 'Horrible Bosses' and 'Selma'.
Hannah noted that Pierce "made no indication that he was famous" during the arrest. He added that the case was treated as "any other arrest" and was not deemed unusually significant. Records from the Online Fulton County Jail showed that the actor was booked on the charge of simple battery and was released on the same day after posting a $1,000 bond.