Tom Wopat Faces Charges Of Groping Teenage Actress

“The Dukes of Hazzard” star Tom Wopat allegedly told a 16-year-old actress he was “a creepy old man” as he sexually abused her.

“Wopat has been charged with indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and two counts of accosting and annoying a person of the opposite sex in connection with an alleged assault on a female cast member that occurred on July 25, 2017,” the Middlesex County district attorney’s office in Massachusetts announced.

According to USA Today, the 66-year-old actor is accused of poking the girl in her stomach with his finger and slapping her rear end with a script. Court documents indicate that he told the teenager she had a “nice butt” and added: “You’re really talented and really cute.” The incident allegedly occurred on the set of the musical “42nd Street” at the Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston in the town of Waltham. Wopat, who dropped out of the show, is scheduled to be arraigned in court on Oct. 23.

Yahoo News noted that this is not the first time the actor, who played Luke Duke on the “Hazzard” show from 1979 to 1985, has faced allegations of sexual misconduct. Another “42nd Street” cast member, an adult, accused him of grabbing her buttocks during a July 23 rehearsal. Police arrested Wopat on Aug. 2 on charges of indecent assault and battery for allegedly sliding his hands down the woman’s pants. Officers also cited him for drug possession after discovering cocaine in his car.

In another recent incident at the Reagle, Wopat was caught on tape lurking outside a women’s dressing room, according to MassLive.com. Neither Wopat’s agent nor PEOPLE, which also covered the story, responded to requests for comment.

On Aug. 8, a message appeared on the actor’s website stating that he “firmly denies any wrongdoing.” The post continued: “After thorough investigation by his defense team, and a full airing of the facts, Tom has faith that the truth will be revealed and his good name will be restored. While death and illness in the family, combined with the intensity of his recent schedule, certainly contributed to his misstep, Tom definitely understands that sobriety is the sole course for a successful future and will take immediate steps to achieve it.” Wopat offered his “regrets” to friends, family members and fans. He pledged to get treatment for his substance-abuse problem.

The Journal Sentinel, a USA Today affiliate, reported that Wopat has been forced to stop appearing in productions at the Janesville Performing Arts Center and cancel a Christmas concert set for Dec. 2 at the Stoughton Opera House. Bill Brehm, the opera house’s director, explained in an email that the actor is stepping aside “as he focuses on resolving his situation.”

Following the cancellation of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Wopat worked in movies and the theater. He also has recorded albums and performed at concerts. He was in the film “Django Unchained” and a Broadway production of “Glengarry Glen Ross.” He put out a Christmas album in 2014 with John Schneider, another former “Hazzard” star.

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