Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Wendell Pierce was arrested for simple battery on Saturday

May 17, 2016 11:40 AM

The Wire actor Wendell Pierce has shared his “regret” that a dispute about politics led to his arrest.

Pierce, 52, was charged with simple battery at Loews Hotel in Atlanta on Saturday following what police described as a “political discussion.” He was booked in Fulton County Jail and released later that day on a $1,000 bond.

In a series of tweets, Pierce said: “I regret that what started as a civil political discussion escalated to the level that it did.”

He continued: “Although what has been reported thus far differs in important respects from what actually occurred, I have confidence that the judicial process will work as it should.”

Neither police nor Pierce have specified exactly what political discussion led to the alleged battery.

Pierce later canceled his commencement speech at Rutgers University-Newark, which was scheduled for Wednesday following his arrest, according to the school.

The actor from New Orleans is well known for playing Detective William “Bunk” Moreland on The Wire and Antoine Batiste in Treme.

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

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