Update: Tom Selleck has settled with a California utility over accusations that he hired a water tanker to gather water for personal use, violating policies put in place in the face of a devastating drought. A vote will be taken on Wednesday, at which point we’ll have more details about the settlement.
via USA Today
Originally posted on July 8:
We know that California, where Magnum P.I. star Tom Selleck lives, is currently suffering from a severe drought. But has it come to this? Selleck reportedly stole truckloads of water from a fire hydrant and hauled it back to his 60-acre ranch and avocado farm in Westlake Village, according to USA Today.
Selleck is accused of stealing water not once, not twice, but seven times from a Ventura County water district’s fire hydrant. The Calleguas Municipal Water District claims that the Blue Bloods star pilfered the water with a white tanker truck. And get this — they hired a real private investigator to prove it.
“Court documents dated June 30 say the Calleguas Municipal Water District spent nearly $22,000 to hire a private investigator to document the alleged thefts, which date back two years,” USA Today said.
The water district claims that it spotted a commercial water truck stealing water from the fire hydrant from Sept. 20, 2013 to Oct. 3, 2013 before heading to Selleck’s property. According to PageSix, a cease-and-desist letter was sent to Selleck and his wife on Nov. 26, 2013, but the notice was reportedly ignored. The same white truck was spotted again, making the same journey, on March 23, 24, 25 and 26 of this year.
Calleguas Municipal Water District is demanding that Selleck pays at least $21,700 for the investigation and court expenses. Other damages, according to the complaint, will be determined later.
The lawsuit comes as California’s historic drought carries on and residents are asked to slash their water use by 25 percent, LA Times said.