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Police: Actor Wendell Pierce upset by politics, hits woman

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 By JEFF MARTIN
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta police say in a newly released report that actor Wendell Pierce became upset by a conversation about politics, then followed a group of people to their hotel room, tried to get inside and hit a woman in the head.

In the report on the Saturday dispute at the Loews Atlanta Hotel, Pierce told police he was standing outside the hotel room when the woman and two of her friends tried to pull him inside.

The woman and two witnesses listed in the police report didn't immediately respond to phone messages from The Associated Press.

Jail records show Pierce was charged with simple battery and released on $1,000 bond.

Pierce is known for his TV roles as Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on "The Wire" and Antoine Batiste on "Treme."

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ATLANTA -- Actor Wendell Pierce was arrested early Saturday morning at an Atlanta hotel, police confirmed with 11Alive.

Pierce, who is a native of New Orleans, is best known for his roles as Detective William 'Bunk' Moreland in HBO's 'The Wire' and Antoine Batiste in 'Treme.'

Officials with the Atlanta Police Department have released little details regarding the incident, but say the arrest happened at an Atlanta Lowes Hotel where Pierce was a guest. 

Authorities did not provide an incident report, but released a statement that said in part, "The incident did not rise to anything significant, so no special notification was made...it was treated like any other arrest a patrol officer conducts. Mr. Pierce made no indication he was famous nor did the officer inquire."

Fulton County Jail records show Pierce was booked on a simple battery charge and has since posted a $1000 bond.

11Alive contributed to this story.

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