Tom Selleck Reaches Deal in Water War

Details are confidential until water district's board approves
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2015 6:43 AM CDT
Tom Selleck Reaches Deal in Water War
Actor Tom Selleck poses for a portrait Thursday, April 14, 2011 in New York.   (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

The water war is apparently over: Calleguas Municipal Water District says it has reached a tentative agreement with Tom Selleck after accusing the actor of stealing water from Ventura County to use on his 60-acre estate and avocado farm in Hidden Valley, Calif., amid a drought. The details of the deal are under wraps and have yet to be OKed by the water district's board, rep Eric Bergh tells the Los Angeles Times. The board will take a look on Wednesday, but "we're happy about it," Bergh says. "It's good news." NBC News reports the suit the water district filed against the actor wanted damages plus reimbursement of the $21,685.55 it spent on a private investigator.

At issue seems not to be the taking of the water, but the transport of it. The complaint explains that, beginning in late Sept. 2013, a man in a water tender truck was seen pulling water from a specific fire hydrant in the city of Thousand Oaks and then traveling to Selleck's ranch. The water from that hydrant was legally purchased over the last two years by a construction company, which had the right to sell it to a third party. But Bergh says the movement of water between water districts is illegal; police tell NBC News Selleck didn't commit any crime. (More Tom Selleck stories.)

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