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'The Wire' Star Wendell Pierce Arrested For Allegedly Attacking Bernie Sanders Supporters

The actor was detained on a simple battery charge in Atlanta.
Wendell Pierce is best known for playing Detective William "Bunk" Moreland in HBO's hit police drama "The Wire."
Wendell Pierce is best known for playing Detective William "Bunk" Moreland in HBO's hit police drama "The Wire."

Actor Wendell Pierce was arrested at an Atlanta hotel over the weekend after a political discussion with two other guests turned violent.

The 52-year-old star, best known for playing Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on the HBO show "The Wire" and Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas in the movie "Confirmation," was in Atlanta shooting the film "One Last Thing" when the altercation with two Bernie Sanders supporters allegedly occurred, TMZ reported.  

A fervent Hillary Clinton supporter, Pierce reportedly "got upset" when a woman he was speaking with declared her support for the senator from Vermont. Pierce allegedly pushed the woman's boyfriend, grabbed her hair and hit her on the head.

Pierce, shown in this mug shot, was charged with simple battery following the alleged altercation at a hotel in Atlanta.
Pierce, shown in this mug shot, was charged with simple battery following the alleged altercation at a hotel in Atlanta.

Sources told The Daily Beast another version of events, claiming the woman had "stepped into an altercation already under way." The unidentified couple then fled to their room and called police.

Pierce was detained soon after 3:30 a.m. Saturday, and charged with simple battery, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. He did not tell the arresting officers that he was famous.

"The incident did not rise to anything significant so no special notification was made," Atlanta police said via a statement. 

Pierce was booked into the Fulton County Jail and released shortly after on a $1,000 bond. He has not commented on the incident.

An incident report is expected to be released on Monday.

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