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May 15, 2016 08:45 PM

The Wire star Wendell Pierce was arrested for alleged simple battery in Atlanta on Saturday.

According to arrest records, Pierce, 52, was booked in Fulton County Jail on Saturday and released later that day on a $1,000 bond. According to ABC News, Pierce was staying at Lowes Hotel in Atlanta and was at the hotel when he was taken into custody.

According to a police report obtained by PEOPLE, Pierce and his girlfriend exited an elevator on the 23rd floor of the hotel when he came across a woman and her two friends, who were sitting in the hallway. The groups began discussing politics and Pierce became upset, according to the alleged victim, who told police the actor “began to push her.” The alleged victim and her friends retreated to their hotel room, and the alleged victim, a woman in her late 20s, told police that Pierce attempted to enter their room. She alleged that Pierce “began to hit her in the head and grab her hoodie” when she and her friends attempted to push the actor out of their room.

According to police, Pierce said he followed the alleged victim to her room and was standing outside the door when the alleged victim and her friends grabbed him and attempted to pull him into the room. He told police he had been trying to get away. When police arrived, both Pierce and the alleged victim declined medical assistance.

TMZ reports that the political argument revolved around Pierce’s support of Hillary Clinton, with the alleged victim reportedly supporting her rival Bernie Sanders.

A rep for Pierce did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Pierce, who hails from New Orleans, is perhaps best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on The Wire and musician Antoine Batiste in Treme. He also portrayed Michael Davenport in Waiting to Exhale.

He most recently portrayed Clarence Thomas in HBO’s Confirmation.

With reporting by ELISSA ROSEN

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