Wendell Pierce, Star of ‘The Wire,’ Charged With Battery for Allegedly Assaulting Bernie Sanders Supporter

Wendell Pierce, of 'The Wire' arrested for allegedly assaulting Bernie Sanders supporter
Wendell Pierce, of 'The Wire' arrested for allegedly assaulting Bernie Sanders supporter Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Wendell Pierce, the actor who portrayed Detective William "Bunk" Moreland in The Wire, was arrested and charged with simple battery over the weekend for allegedly coming to blows with a Bernie Sanders supporter.

According to police and court records (via NBC News), the 52-year-old actor was arrested early on Saturday, May 14, at the Atlanta Loews Hotel, where he was staying as a guest.

Atlanta police officer Donald T. Hannah described the arrest as routine, adding that Pierce "made no indication he was famous, nor did the officer inquire."

The actor, who has been staying in Atlanta while shooting a new movie, One Last Thing, reportedly got involved in a conversation with a woman and her boyfriend that turned to politics.

TMZ reports that the conversation became physical when Pierce, a supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, heard that the couple were supporters of Sanders.

A full arrest report is expected to be released later today. Online Fulton County Jail records show Pierce was booked on a charge of simple battery and released the same day on $1,000 bond. 

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