Police: Actor Wendell Pierce arrested at Atlanta hotel
ATLANTA (AP) – Police say actor Wendell Pierce has been arrested at an Atlanta hotel where he was a guest.
Atlanta Police Department spokesman Donald Hannah says in a statement that Pierce was arrested early Saturday morning at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.
New Orleans native Pierce is known for his television roles as Detective William “Bunk” Moreland on “The Wire” and Antoine Batiste on “Treme.”
Hannah’s statement says the incident was not significant and was treated as “any other arrest.” He says Pierce never indicated he was well-known.
Online Fulton County Jail records show Pierce was arrested on a charge of simple battery Saturday and released the same day on $1,000 bond.
Hannah says the police will share the incident report once it has been completed. No other details were available.
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ATLANTA (WDEF) TMZ reports the arrest involves a fight over politics.
The website claims Pierce pushed a man and hit a woman in the head who were Bernie Saunders supporters
Pierce most recently played Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in HBO’s “Confirmation.”
He also has recurring roles on the TV shows The Odd Couple, Suits and Ray Donovan.
Pierce has also been an outspoken political activist.