'Wire' actor Wendell Pierce speaks out about arrest [police report attached]

Actor Wendell Pierce, known for playing Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on "The Wire," spoke out Monday night about the incident that resulted in his arrest at an Atlanta hotel on May 14.

"I regret that what started as a civil political discussion escalated to the level that it did," Pierce wrote in a tweet. "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."


Pierce was arrested and charged with simple battery after allegedly hitting a woman in the head in an altercation that began with a conversation about politics, according to the police report.

The police report stated that the woman and her two friends were sitting in the hallway on the 23rd floor of Loews Atlanta Hotel when Pierce and his girlfriend exited the elevator. The two parties began a discussion about politics, which upset Pierce, according to the woman's statement in the police report.

The woman said that Pierce followed her and her friends to their hotel room on the same floor and tried to enter. When she and her friends tried pushing Pierce out, the woman said he began to hit her the on the head and grabbed her hoodie, ripping it off, according to the report.

Pierce's version of the events in the police report differed. He also said that he followed the woman and her friends to the room, but that they grabbed him and tried to pull him inside, according to the police report. Pierce stated that he was trying to get away.

Police were dispatched at 3:30 a.m and both parties declined medical attention, according to the report. Pierce was transported to Fulton County Jail, where he was charged with simple battery and released on $1,000 bond, jail records show. No charges were filed against the woman and her friends.

Pierce, the alleged victim and the two witnesses listed in the police report didn't immediately respond to phone messages Tuesday from The Baltimore Sun.

After the arrest, Pierce, a New Orleans native, decided not to attend and speak at an upcoming graduation ceremony in New Jersey.

Pierce did not want to create a distraction, Rutgers University-Newark announced Monday. TV news anchor Soledad O'Brien will speak at Wednesday's commencement instead, school officials said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.