By peoplestaff225
October 13, 1997 12:00 AM

Original “Law & Order” cast member Michael Moriarty, 59, appeared on Thursday in a British Columbia court, where he faced a charge of striking a female companion at a restaurant last month. (Moriarity, who played prosecutor Ben Stone on the NBC series, has reportedly lived in Vancouver since 1998.) The Associated Press reports that he showed up in court without a lawyer, having told the judge that he would be represented by an unidentified friend, and was not requested to enter a plea. He is set to appear at another hearing on Dec. 14.