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“The Wire” Actor Wendell Pierce Arrested at Atlanta Hotel


Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for HBO(ATLANTA, Ga.) — Actor Wendell Pierce was arrested Saturday in Atlanta on a charge of simple battery, police said.

Atlanta Police told ABC News that the actor was taken into custody early Saturday morning at Atlanta Lowes Hotel, where he was staying as a guest. He was booked and released on $1,000 surety bond, according to records from the Fulton County Jail.

Pierce, 52, is best known for his role on HBO’s The Wire as Detective Bunk Moreland. He most recently portrayed Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in HBO’s Confirmation.

Atlanta Police said the incident “did not raise to anything significant.” They added that Pierce did not make police aware that he was famous for his acting roles, nor did police on the scene inquire.

Police said they’re still gathering details for an incident report, and would share additional details once completed.

ABC News reached out to a rep for Pierce for comment.

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