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Wendell Pierce: Bernie Sanders Supporter Attacked, Pro-Clinton Actor Arrested

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By    |   Monday, 16 May 2016 12:55 PM

Actor Wendell Pierce, a big fan of Hillary Clinton, allegedly attacked a Bernie Sanders supporter at an Atlanta hotel early Saturday after a conversation about politics went awry, sources told TMZ, and Atlanta police confirmed he had been arrested.

WXIA-TV confirmed Pierce's arrest at the Lowes Atlanta Hotel where the actor has been staying while filming a project.

"The incident did not rise to anything significant, so no special notification was made," Atlanta police said in a statement, according to WXIA-TV. "It was treated like any other arrest a patrol officer conducts. Mr. Pierce made no indication he was famous nor did the officer inquire."

Pierce, who portrayed Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the HBO movie "Confirmation" last month, was talking to a woman and her boyfriend around 3:30 a.m. at the hotel when trouble started, a source told TMZ.

"The talk turned political and Wendell got upset when the woman declared her support for Bernie," said TMZ. "We're told that Wendell . . . became enraged, pushed the boyfriend and then went after his girlfriend . . . grabbing her hair and smacking her in the head."

The couple went to their room to call hotel security, noted TMZ, and Pierce was later taken into custody. WXIA-TV reported that Fulton County Jail records revealed that authorities booked Pierce on a simple battery charge and released him on a $1,000 bond.

According to the website ProjectCasting.com, Pierce and Jurnee Smollett-Bell were scheduled to shoot the film "One Last Thing" in the Atlanta area in April and May.

The New York Daily News noted that Pierce has been a vocal supporter of Clinton's and has criticized Sanders' plans on social media as empty.


Pierce played the Rev. Hosea Williams in the 2014 movie "Selma" and is probably best known for his role on the HBO series "The Wire" from 2002 to 2008.

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Actor Wendell Pierce, a big fan of Hillary Clinton, allegedly attacked a Bernie Sanders supporter at an Atlanta hotel early Saturday after a conversation about politics went awry, sources told TMZ, and Atlanta police confirmed he had been arrested.
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