TMZ: Wendell Pierce (‘The Wire’) arrested for allegedly attacking Bernie Sanders supporter

Wendell Pierce plays Clarence Thomas in the HBO film "Confirmation" debuting April 16, 2016. CREDIT: HBO

Wendell Pierce played Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas in the HBO film “Confirmation,” which aired last month and was shot in Atlanta. CREDIT: HBO

By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally Sunday, May 15, 2016

Actor Wendell Pierce, who is in Atlanta shooting a film, was arrested after allegedly attacking a Bernie Sanders supporter, according to TMZ.

TMZ said Pierce, at the Loews hotel last night, met with a woman and her boyfriend in the lobby. They supposedly had a conversation that went political. Pierce is a Hillary Clinton supporter. The woman was supposedly a supporter of Bernie Sanders. Pierce allegedly pushed the boyfriend and went after the woman, grabbing her hair and smacking her in the head.

The couple called the cops, who arrested Pierce for battery. He posted a $1,000 bond and was released, TMZ said.

Pierce, 52, shot HBO’s “Confirmation” last year in Atlanta, playing Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. He’s best known for roles in “The Wire” and “Treme,” both on HBO. He is currently shooting “One Last Thing” with Jurnee Smollet-Bell in Atlanta.

My interview with Pierce last month in Atlanta about “Confirmation.”


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