And I’m not talking about in someone else’s moonshine still. Although now that I think of it, that could be an entirely tasteless term for the grossness that allegedly happened. TMZ says that Tom Wopat, aka Luke Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard (or Jeff from Cybill, if that’s more your speed) was arrested for felony indecent assault, battery, and possession yesterday in Waltham, Massachusetts. He may have once been a good ol’ boy never meaning no harm. But present-day? He’s apparently a gross ol’ man who has allegedly caused plenty of workplace harm to female co-workers.
65-year-old Tom Wopat was starring in a production of 42nd Street in Massachusetts, and he allegedly got handsy with a woman on set during rehearsals. According to a police report, Tom allegedly walked behind the woman and put his hands on her ass. She accuses him of grabbing her in such a way his fingers went between her butt cheeks. The woman allegedly reported him to heads of production. When confronted, Tom reportedly denied it and topped it off with a very classy: “Fuck them all.”
This wasn’t the first time Tom has been accused of assault. The police report contains another incident that allegedly happened during rehearsals in which Tom came up to a woman from behind, put his arms around her waist, and pulled her into him. Another time Tom allegedly – grab a barf bag for this one – pulled sunburned skin off a woman’s arm.
Tom was arrested yesterday evening after police tracked him down in his Ford Bronco (not a Dodge Charger?). TMZ says police also found a small baggie of coke and a small straw on him, as well as baggies in the car. The police report shows that Tom has gotten in trouble by the show’s producers for showing up to work “under the influence.”
Tom was arraigned today. He plead not guilty to the felony indecent assault and battery charge as well as a misdemeanor possession charge.
When Tom was arrested, he allegedly told police that he has touched a woman’s hip and admitted he’s friendly and likes to flirt, but added that he never did anything not-right. Um, excuse me? Since when is a impromptu rectal exam “flirting?” Or skin peeling? Who would consider that flirting, snakes? And even then, snakes would probably be like “Oh dude, not cool – ask permission first!”