'The Wire' actor Wendell Pierce arrested after alleged attack on Sanders supporter

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Actor Wendell Pierce arrested in Atlanta

Police say actor Wendell Pierce has been arrested at an Atlanta hotel where he was a guest.

Atlanta Police Department spokesman Donald Hannah says in a statement that Pierce was arrested early Saturday morning at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

New Orleans native Pierce is known for his television roles as Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on The Wire and Antoine Batiste on Treme.

TMZ earlier reported that Pierce allegedly battered a couple during a political dispute. Citing hotel sources, TMZ reports that Pierce, an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter, became upset "when the woman declared her support for Bernie [Sanders]." Pierce is alleged to have pushed the boyfriend and grabbed the hair of the woman and smacked her in the head. TMZ reports that the couple then called the police.

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Wendell Pierce during HBO's Premiere of The Wire - Outside Arrivals at Chelsea Cinemas in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 14: Dominic West, Creator and Executive Producer David Simon, Guest, Wendell Pierce and Sonja Sohn arrive at Chelsea West Theaters on West 23rd St. for the premiere of 'The Wire' on September 14, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Cast members Wendell Pierce with Laurence Fishburne attend the opening of August Wilson's 'Fences' at the Pasadena Playhouse on September 1, 2006 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Getty Images)
Wendell Pierce and Tracey Edmonds during Our Stories Films Launch Party - October 10, 2006 at Social in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Malcolm Ali/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)
Wendell Pierce and Nelson George, director and writer of 'Life Support' (Photo by Monica Morgan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Wendell Pierce and guest arrive at the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on March 2, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Wendell Pierce during HBO's 'Life Support' New York Screening - Outside Arrivals at Chelsea West Theaters in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage for Variety Magazine)
IN PLAIN SIGHT -- 'Iris Doesn't Live Here Anymore' Episode 7 -- Aired 07/13/2008 -- Pictured: (l-r) Tina Lifford as Denise McBride/Denise Morris, Wendell Pierce as Dr. Warren McBride/Warren Morris -- Photo by: Richard Foreman/USA Network/NBCUPB
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 9: Actor Wendell Pierce (R) and his guest attend the 39th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel February 9, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Actor Wendell Pierce accepts the Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special award for 'Life Support' onstage during the 39th NAACP Image Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on February 14, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA- FEBRUARY 29: Actor Idris Elba, from HBO's 'The Wire', and Wendell Pierce attend the official Jordan brand launch of the first signature shoe for Chris Paul at Republic on February 29, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 14: Actor Wendell Pierce of 'Treme' speaks during the HBO portion of the 2010 Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 14, 2010 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 27: Actor Wendell Pierce attends HBO's series 'Treme' New Orleans fundraiser at Generations Hall on March 27, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
Khandi Alexander and Wendell Pierce attend a photocall during the Roma Fiction Fest at Adriano Cinema on July 6, 2010 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 07: Actor Wendell Pierce riding on the cast of HBO's 'Treme' float in the 2011 Krewe Of Orpheus Parade during Mardi Gras on March 7, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Actor Wendell Pierce promotes 'Treme: The Complete First Season' at Best Buy Union Square on March 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Actor Wendell Pierce arrives at a brunch honoring the nominees for the 2013 Film Independent Filmmaker Grant and Spirit Awards at BOA Steakhouse on January 12, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Wendell Pierce attends TheWrap.com's Pre-Oscar Party at Culina Restaurant at the Four Seasons Los Angeles on February 20, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Cast members of 'The Michael J. Fox Show' Ana Nogueira, Juliette Goglia, Michael J. Fox, Jack Gore, Conor Romero, Wendell Pierce and Katie Finneran attend NBC's 2013 Fall Launch Party Hosted By Vanity Fair at The Standard Hotel on September 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
THE MICHAEL J. FOX SHOW -- 'Christmas' Episode 111 -- Pictured: (l-r) Wendell Pierce as Harris, Michael J. Fox as Mike Henry -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) DJ Spinna, Film Director Spike Lee and actor Wendell Pierce pose for a photo at the 20th Annual Dorothy And Lillian Gish Prize ceremony at Museum of Modern Art on October 30, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 15: Actor Wendell Pierce attends GQ & LeBron James NBA All Star Party sponsored by Samsung Galaxy and Beats at Ogden's Museum's Patrick F. Taylor Library on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for GQ)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Wendell Pierce (L) and guest attend the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 13: Actor Wendell Pierce arrives at Showtime's VIP prefight party for 'Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2' at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for SHOWTIME SPORTS)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 23: 'Ghostwriter' -- When Oscar is tasked with ghostwriting the autobiography of a retired baseball player, Felix offers his assistance, on THE ODD COUPLE, Monday Feb. 26, 2015 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Matthew Perry as Oscar Madison and Wendell Pierce as Teddy (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 14: Actor Wendell Pierce attends the 'Selma' New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Wendell Pierce attends HBO's Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 06: (L-R) Actress/producer Oprah Winfrey, producers Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, actors Tessa Thompson, Wendell Pierce, director Ava DuVernay, actors Carmen Ejogo, Laurence Fishburne, David Oyelowo, Common, Omar J. Dorsey and Niecy Nash attend the 46th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 6, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
SUITS -- 'No Refills' Episode 503 -- Pictured: Wendell Pierce as Robert Zane -- (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 31: 'Make Room For Dani' -- After rival radio host Rich Eisen taunts him, Oscar reluctantly agrees with his agent that it's time to shake things up on his radio show and allows Dani to have a bigger role. Also, Felix is eager to meet Emily's mother but things don't go as well as he had hoped, on THE ODD COUPLE, Monday, May 9, 2016 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Pictured L-R: Yvette Nicole Brown as Dani and Wendell Pierce as Teddy (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07: Executive producer/actress Kerry Washington (L) and actor Wendell Pierce of 'Confirmation' speak onstage during the HBO Winter 2016 TCA Panel at Langham Hotel on January 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 31: Actress Kerry Washington (L) and actor Wendell Pierce arrive at the Premiere Of HBO Films' 'Confirmation' at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on March 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 31: Actor Wendell Pierce attends the premiere of 'Confirmation' at Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot on March 31, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Wendell Pierce (L) and Kerry Washington pose at the NYC Special Screening of HBO Film 'Confirmation' at Signature Theater on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for HBO)
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Hannah's statement says the incident was not significant and was treated as "any other arrest." He says Pierce never indicated he was well-known.

Online Fulton County Jail records show Pierce was arrested on a charge of simple battery Saturday and released the same day on $1,000 bond.

Hannah says the police will share the incident report once it has been completed. No other details were available.

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