Tom Wopat pleads not guilty to as­sault­ing teen

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - KICK OFF -

WALTHAM, Mass. — A for­mer star of “The Dukes of Haz­zard” has pleaded not guilty to charges that he in­de­cently as­saulted a 16-year-old girl in Mas­sachusetts.

WBZ-TV re­ports that Tom Wopat did not speak to re­porters when he left the Waltham District Court af­ter his ar­raign­ment Fri­day.

A po­lice report says Wopat al­legedly hit the girl’s but­tocks with his script, say­ing “nice butt,” while they were re­hears­ing for a mu­si­cal he was sup­posed to ap­pear in. Wopat pleaded not guilty in Au­gust to grab­bing the but­tocks of an adult woman in the same mu­si­cal.

Wopat’s at­tor­ney says the ac­tor will be vin­di­cated in court. His lawyer says the case will show Wopat has been the “sub­ject of an overzeal­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The 66-year-old ac­tor played Luke Duke on the pop­u­lar 1980s tele­vi­sion show.


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