Wendell Pierce’s arrest was bizarre, says witness

Wendell Pierce (Photo Credit: Atlanta Police Department)
Wendell Pierce (Photo credit: Atlanta Police Department)

Details over the recent arrest of actor Wendell Pierce in Atlanta have emerged and a bizarre story is unfolding. The popular New Orleans native and star of the hit HBO series “The Wire” was arrested by police after a bizarre and violent physical confrontation with a woman at an Atlanta hotel this past weekend. Initial reports stated that Pierce was drinking in the hotel bar with a male and female couple and became enraged after the conversation turned to politics and the presidential election. Pierce, who is a die-hard Clinton supporter, became enraged over the woman’s comments and allegedly pushed the woman’s boyfriend and grabbed her by the hair and started smacking her in the head.

But now it turns out that the fight actually occurred on the 23rd floor of the Loews Hotel when Pierce followed the couple to their room. It was then that the victim, identified as Maggie Elena Baca, said that Pierce allegedly attempted to enter the couple’s room. According to an unnamed source, “I went to the door, and Maggie, and her boyfriend, and her cousin had just come in. Her cousin is leaning her back against the door and feet against the wall trying to keep the door closed, and the boyfriend is trying to get Mr. Pierce’s hands off his girlfriend. … He was trying to force his way into the room, and had a handful of Maggie’s hair, and yanking on the hair, and swinging his arm around.”

A woman later identified as Pierce’s girlfriend was screaming “Wendell stop it, Wendell stop it” stated the witness.  It was then that Pierce screamed “They’re trying to pull me in.” The people in the hotel room tried to open the door a little when Pierce allegedly continued the attack. The witness said, “He then charged the door, again. He then kept swinging, and hit [Maggie] a couple times, fairly hard, on the side of her head and on top of her head. He never got fully in the room. But it was then that Maggie’s boyfriend shouted, ‘I’m gonna get a knife.’ ”

It was then that Pierce stopped his attack and the people inside the hotel room called security, who then called police.

Pierce tweeted on Tuesday, “I regret that what started as a civil political discussion escalated to the level that it did,” he wrote. “Although what has been reported thus far differs in important respects from what actually occurred, I have confidence that the judicial process will work as it should.” In addition he has stated that it was the woman and others who tried to pull him into their hotel room.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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