Tom Wopat, ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star, arrested for indecent assault, battery

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Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat was arrested for indecent assault, battery and cocaine possession Wednesday in Massachusetts.

Police apprehended the actor on a warrant and charged him with cocaine possession at the time of the arrest it was reported.

Law enforcement made the arrest after pulling him over in his Ford Bronco.

Wopat was arraigned Thursday on charges he groped a female cast member of the stage musical he was supposed to open in later Thursday.

Wopat pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery and drug possession charges in Waltham, Mass., west of Boston, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office. He was released on $1,000 bail and told to stay away from the woman.

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Tom Wopat, left, and John Schneider outwitted local law enforcement together on CBS’ ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’ (Photo: CBS)

Wopat is in Massachusetts to star in a stage production of 42nd Street. The 65-year-old is accused of putting his hands down the pants of a woman who is involved with the play, TMZ reported.

The Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham announced on its website that its production of the Tony Award-winning backstage musical 42nd Street would open with a different actor playing Wopat’s role of Broadway producer Julian Marsh.

According to a statement from the Waltham Police Department, Wopat, 65, was arrested in his car late Wednesday. The warrant involved a charge of “indecent assault and battery on a person over 14.”

The police statement said “two bags of white powder believed to be cocaine” were found in the car so a drugs possession charge was added.

Wopat inappropriately touched the woman on July 23, prosecutors alleged in a statement. “During a rehearsal the defendant allegedly walked behind a female cast member, grabbing her buttocks,” the statement said. Wopat was arrested without incident as he was leaving a local high school where he was rehearsing for the show.

A representative for Wopat has yet to comment on the arrest. He was previously charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving in 2006.

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