'Mad Men' star Hamm was accused in violent fraternity hazing

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'Mad Men' star Hamm was accused in violent fraternity hazing
Actor Jon Hamm, who plays the character 'Donald Draper' in the AMC television series 'Mad Men', takes part in an event to present the Smithsonian National Museum of American History with objects from the TV series on March 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Jon Hamm (R), who plays the character 'Donald Draper' in the AMC series 'Mad Men', chats with actress Christina Hendricks, who plays the character 'Joan Harris' in 'Mad Men', during an event to present the Smithsonian National Museum of American History with objects from the TV series Mad Men on March 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
From left: Actress Christina Hendricks, who played 'Joan Harris' in the AMC series 'Mad Men', and actor Jon Hamm, who played 'Donald Draper' pose in front of some of the objects from the TV series 'Mad Men' which are being presented to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on March 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) AMC President Charlie Collier, actor John Slattery, who played the character 'Roger Sterling' in the AMC television series 'Mad Men;' actress Christina Hendricks, who played 'Joan Harris;' actor Jon Hamm, who played 'Donald Draper;' and creator, writer and executive producer Matthew Weiner, pose infront of of the objects from the series which are being presented to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on March 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Actor Jon Hamm attends the AMC celebration of the final 7 episodes of 'Mad Men' with the Black & Red Ball at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Actor Jon Hamm attends the AMC celebration of the final 7 episodes of 'Mad Men' with the Black & Red Ball at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 09: (EDITORS NOTE: IMAGE WAS SHOT IN BLACK AND WHITE) Actor Jon Hamm attends the 15th Annual AFI Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 9, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm took part in a violent college hazing in 1990 at the University of Texas that led to criminal charges and to the fraternity chapter permanently disbanding, according to court and school records obtained Thursday.

The Emmy-nominated actor had not previously been publicly linked to a lawsuit filed by a Sigma Nu pledge who said he was severely beaten, dragged by a hammer and had his pants lit on fire. In the 1991 lawsuit, the pledge said Hamm participated "till the very end."

Criminal records show Hamm, now 44, was charged with hazing and received probation. A separate charge of assault was dismissed.

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Representatives for Hamm and "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

None of the records were sealed, but Hamm was not famous when the incident happened and his connection to the case didn't come to light until Star magazine reported on it this week.

The case resurfaced just as the critically acclaimed "Mad Men" begins airing its final season on AMC.

According to the lawsuit, Hamm became "mad, I mean really mad" after the 20-year-old Sigma Nu pledge failed to recite things he was supposed to memorize about Hamm and other fraternity members. For Hamm, his list included "Young Bobby," ''MC Hammer" and "UT Football Punching Bag."

The pledge, Mark Allen Sanders, said Hamm went on to set his jeans on fire, shove his face in dirt and strike him with a paddle.

"He rears back and hits me left-handed, and he hit me right over my right kidney, I mean square over it," Sanders said in the lawsuit. "Good solid hit and that, that stood me right up."

Sanders said he needed medical care and withdrew from the school. Court records show the lawsuit was dismissed in 1993. Attempts to reach Sanders were unsuccessful Thursday, and his former attorney did not return a message.

Four other fraternity members were charged and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing charges. The Sigma Nu chapter was shut down and never reopened on campus.

University records show Hamm arrived on campus in the fall of 1989 and left after the same semester in which the hazing took place. In a 2008 interview with W Magazine, Hamm said he left school his sophomore year after his father died and he returned to his home state of Missouri.

In March, Hamm completed a stint in rehab for what his representatives said was treatment for alcohol addiction.

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Associated Press Writers Lynn Elber in Los Angeles, Hannah Cushman in Chicago and researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.

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