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Jon Hamm Hazing Charge From His College Days Is Uncovered

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By    |   Friday, 10 Apr 2015 01:20 PM

Jon Hamm, star of the AMC drama "Mad Men," was involved in a 1990 hazing incident at the University of Texas that led to criminal charges against the actor long before he became famous, according to Star magazine.

Hamm, now 44, completed what is called deferred adjudication in Texas, which allowed him to escape conviction if he successfully went through probation and a different assault charge connected to the incident was dismissed against him, according to The Associated Press which obtained the records on the incident after the story was broken by Star.

The little known incident made headlines when Star magazine reported about it on Wednesday. The magazine said Hamm was then a college sophomore and participating in hazing incidents with other members of the fraternity. The AP identified the fraternity as Sigma Nu.

"According to documents obtained by Star, Jon and his fraternity brothers allegedly hit a pledge with a wooden paddle more than 30 times," said the magazine. "Jon also allegedly 'hooked the claw of a hammer underneath his (the pledge's) genitals and led him by the hammer around the room.' But that's not the worst of it."

In a lawsuit filed in 1991, pledge Mark Allen Sanders charged that Hamm set his jeans on fire, shoved his face in dirt and struck him with a paddle, according to the AP.

"He rears back and hits me left-handed, and he hit me right over my right kidney, I mean square over it," Sanders claimed in the suit which was dismissed in 1993. "Good solid hit and that, that stood me right up."

The AP reported that Hamm dropped out of school after the incident, but in a 2012 interview with the Daily Mail the actor mentioned that his father died at the time while the hazing incident and criminal charges were not mentioned.

"I very much knew what the idea of permanence was by that point," Hamm said about his father's death in 1991. "I dropped out of school, moved into the basement of my older half-sister Julie's house, enrolled in a local college and sank into depression. It was the classic definition of clinical depression."

Us Weekly reported last month that the actor quietly completed a 30-day rehab program for alcohol abuse just before the premiere of the final season of "Mad Men."

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