Report: ‘The Wire’ star arrested for assaulting female Bernie Sanders supporter

Wendell Pierce booking photo. Fulton County Sheriff's Office

ATLANTA (CBS News) – Actor Wendell Pierce, well-known for his role as Detective Bunk Moreland in the HBO series “The Wire,” was arrested Saturday morning in Atlanta, CBS affiliate WGCL reported.

Atlanta police tell WGCL that Pierce was arrested at Atlanta Loews Hotel in Midtown where he was guest.

TMZ reported that Pierce allegedly physically assaulted a woman who is a Bernie Sanders supporter.

TMZ reported that sources at the hotel said the actor had a conversation with a woman and her boyfriend at the hotel around 3 a.m. Pierce allegedly became upset when the woman said she was a Sanders supporter. According to TMZ, Pierce allegedly pushed the boyfriend and then went after the girlfriend.

Pierce was booked into the Fulton County Jail on Saturday and charged with simple battery, WGCL reported. He was released from jail on $1,000 bond.

“The incident did not rise to anything significant so no special notification was made. It was treated like any other arrest a patrol officer conducts,” police said in a statement to WGCL. “Mr. Pierce made no indication he was famous nor did the officer inquire.”

The Atlanta Police Department will provide a police report when it is available.

Pierce plays Teddy in CBS‘ “The Odd Couple.”

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