The actor known for his title role in the beloved hit 1980s TV show was arrested in Massachusetts last August for several alleged crimes related to inappropriately touching female co-stars.
TV Guide Cover, July 12–18, 1980: Tom Wopat, John Schneider & Catherine Bach of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ pic.twitter.com/nRAEl0zjkg
— RetroNewsNow (@RetroNewsNow) July 13, 2018
Both charges stemmed from incidents involving cast members of “42nd Street” at Waltham’s Reagle Music Theatre where he was accused of putting his hands on the buttocks of an adult woman in the musical. He also was accused of striking a 16-year-old girl’s buttocks with his script and saying “nice butt” – according to The AP.
Wopat was charged with cocaine possession at the same time. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in November.
'Dukes of Hazzard' star Tom Wopat pleads not guilty to charges that he indecently assaulted a 16-year-old girl in Massachusetts. https://t.co/yxkNKkeaht
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 10, 2017
His lawyer claimed he would be vindicated in court, stating that Wopat had been the “subject of an overzealous investigation.”
Now, nearly a year later – Wopat has pleaded guilty to two separate charges stemming from the incident.
The 66-year-old was sentenced to one year of probation after entering a guilty plea on two counts of “annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex,” Fox News reported.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) July 21, 2018
It wasn’t just one “Duke” boy that has had a run-in with the law recently. His co-star, John Schneider, also spent some time behind bars recently after asking the court to allow him to serve his full sentence. He had failed to pay alimony to his ex-wife.
What do you think of these recent happenings in the former “Dukes” stars’ lives?