Wendell Pierce Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting a Bernie Sanders Supporter

Wendell Pierce arrives on the red carpet at the New York premiere of "Selma" on December 14, 2014. Pierce was arrested Saturday for allegedly assaulting a Bernie Sanders supporter. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

ATLANTA, May 16 (UPI) — “The Wire” star Wendell Pierce was arrested in Atlanta for allegedly assaulting a Bernie Sanders supporter.

TMZ cites hotel sources who say the actor, who is a Hillary Clinton supporter, began speaking with a couple outside the Loews Hotel in Atlanta Saturday and attacked the woman by grabbing her by the hair and smacking her in the head after she declared her support for Sanders.

Officer Donald T. Hannah confirmed the arrest stating Pierce was released on a $1,000 bond Sunday after being charged with simple battery. Hannah described the arrest as routine stating that Pierce “made no indication he was famous, nor did the officer inquire.”

Pierce is most known for portraying Detective William “Bunk” Moreland on HBO’s hit crime series The Wire and most recently starred as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on the network’s documentary drama Confirmation.


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