Rip Torn Pleads Not Guilty

Judge orders actor to give up drinking after alleged bank break-in
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2010 12:31 PM CDT
Actor Rip Torn arrives for a hearing at Litchfield Superior Court, Tuesday, March 30, 2010, in Litchfield, Conn.   (AP Photo/Republican-American, John McKenna)

(Newser) – Rip Torn entered a not guilty plea today to the charges leveled against him after his alleged drunken break-in at a Connecticut bank. At the same time, the judge added another bail condition: that he give up all alcohol. Torn’s lawyer pointed out that the actor is already undergoing rehab treatment, and said he had no intention of drinking anyway.

“I am very pleased to go in accordance with the judge’s orders,” Torn said, adding proudly, “I’ve never missed a day of court in my life.” Torn, 79, has been free on $100,000 bond since shortly after the January incident, reports the Register Citizen of Litchfield County. According to court documents, he broke into the bank because he was so drunk that he thought it was his house. After climbing in through a broken window, the actor, who was carrying a gun, removed his hat and boots.

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