Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat pleaded not guilty on Thursday, August 3, in the butt-grabbing case. The actor denied he ever touched the woman who accused him of sexual harassment in late July, the Associated Press reports.
Actor Tom Wopat showed-up in court yesterday, to offer his plea against the charges brought to him on Wednesday evening. According to the prosecutors, on the day of July 23, “during a rehearsal, the defendant allegedly walked behind a female cast member, grabbing her buttocks”.
Wopat, who was released on $1,000 bail and told by the judge to stay away from the victim, said in court he was not guilty of the charges brought to him. He noted that even though he flirted with members of the cast – they were rehearsing for a musical – he never did anything “that could be considered inappropriate”.
Aside from the indecent assault charges, Wopat also faced battery and drug possession charges, which he also denied.
The 65-year-old was detained by the police on Wednesday evening in Massachusetts, just when he was leaving Waltham High School, the place where he was rehearsing for the musical “42nd Street”. The officers searched his vehicle and found two bags of white powder which they believed could be cocaine.
On “42nd Street”, Tom Wopat was going to play the role of Julian Marsh. The musical premiered yesterday at the Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston. A different actor took on the role.
Tom Wopat became famous for his role as Luke Duke on the action-comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard, which aired on CBS from January 1979 to February 1985. The cast also included John Schneider, Catherine Bach and Denver Pyle.
Tom Wopat has been acting off screen for a long time. He also holds a Tony Award nomination.