A police report obtained by The Daily Beast quotes a woman who was allegedly attacked by Wendell Pierce as saying the Wire actor tried to enter her hotel room.
Pierce, best known as Det. William ‘Bunk’ Moreland from HBO’s The Wire, was arrested around 4 a.m. on Saturday at Atlanta’s midtown Loews Hotel after a fight broke out, supposedly over politics. Pierce was arrested on simple battery and booked before being released on $1,000 bail.
According to an Atlanta Police Department report obtained by The Daily Beast, both parties “began a conversation about politics which got Mr. Pierce upset.” (Pierce, a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, was allegedly infuriated when he learned he was talking to a Bernie Sanders fan.) The fight did not begin at a bar, as previously reported, but on the 23rd floor of the hotel.
The woman told police that “she and her two friends were sitting in the hallway on the 23rd floor when Mr. Pierce and his girlfriend exited the elevator. Both groups of parties began a conversation about politics which got Mr. Pierce upset.”
Sources familiar with the incident previously told The Daily Beast on Sunday that the woman, who is not being named publicly, stepped into an altercation that was already underway.
The 52-year-old actor then “began to push her and at this point her and her friends began to walk to their room,” the police officer reported, after interviewing the alleged victim. She claimed that Pierce then “followed them to their room and stuck his arm in the door and tried to enter the room,” before she and “her friends tried to push Mr. Pierce out when he began to hit her in the head and grab her hoodie, ripping the hood off.”
According to the police report, Pierce told cops that, while he followed them to their room, he was the one grabbed by the accuser and two friends, and that they “attempted to pull him in[to the room as] he was trying to get away.”
Both Pierce and the accuser declined medical assistance, police reported, but were photographed for injuries.
Pierce did not respond to multiple requests for comment from The Daily Beast on Monday.