Cost of Tom Selleck's Alleged Water-Swiping: $21,685.55

Selleck, water district didn't agree on everything, but settlement reached
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2015 9:30 AM CDT
In this March 21, 2012, photo, actor Tom Selleck poses for a portrait in New York.   (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)

(Newser) – The settlement deal in Tom Selleck's very own Watergate was finalized last night, with the actor agreeing to cough up $21,685.55—the cost of the PI hired by California's Calleguas Municipal Water District to investigate Selleck's alleged water-pilfering from the district, the AP reports. The district board voted 3-0 last night in a closed session to accept the deal, which also mandates that Selleck stop having Calleguas water brought to his Hidden Valley ranch, the Los Angeles Times notes. A statement from Selleck's lawyer said the Magnum, PI actor was "pleased" with the agreement, though there were still some discrepancies between Selleck's story and that of the water district, per the newspaper.

"Mr. Selleck did not receive any notifications prior to last week stating that he was acting outside of regulations decreed by the county," the statement read, adding that Selleck had "previously paid for all the water that he utilized, which the Calleguas Municipal Water District acknowledged had not been stolen." But the district said it sent cease-and-desist letters to Selleck in 2013, and Calleguas' general manager says that even if Selleck had paid for the water, it's still illegal to transport water from one district to another—and that residents outside the district don't pay taxes and other fees that go toward the water infrastructure's upkeep. "The water delivered and used in this case was not fully paid for, period," she says.

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