Wendell Pierce was charged and arrested for assaulting a couple in Atlanta over a political disagreement.
Wendell Pierce, known for his roles in Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on The Wire and Antoine Batiste on Treme got into some real life trouble. The 52 year old actor was recently arrested in Atlanta by the Atlanta Police Department from the Loews Atlanta Hotel on Saturday morning.
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According to the spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department, Donald Hannah, Pierce got into an argument with a couple at The Lobby, an open bar sandwiched between the guest check-in desk and a restaurant, and a go-to venue for private receptions and after-work cocktails for Atlanta’s business and entertainment class.
The New Orleans native is an avid supporter of Hilary Clinton. In his meeting with the couple, he got into an argument when they declared their support for the Democratic presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders.
The argument heated up to physical abuse as Pierce reportedly pushed away the man and grabbed the woman’s hair before smacking her. The couple reported his behavior to the police who showed up to arrest him on the charges of assault.
Hannah said that they were treating Pierce’s arrest as any other arrest. He was not getting harsh or better treatment for being a celebrity. That may be contributed to the fact that Pierce never indicated that he was famous. Hannah reported that he had been charged with battery and had been released the same day on $1000 bond, THR reported.
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This is a very serious altercation given that the recent roles that the actor has played have been representative of peace and harmony including, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas HBO drama Confirmation in the role of and role of storied civil rights leader and Atlanta icon Rev. Hosea Williams to life in the movie Selma. Pierce has been indicated as civil but tough and we suspect that the outburst was not unprovoked.