Tom Selleck to settle California water-raiding complaint

Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:34am EDT
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Tom Selleck has tentatively settled a Southern California court complaint that accused him of illegally tapping the public hydrant of a nearby water district to supply his ranch in the midst of a crippling drought, a district official said on Thursday.

Attorneys for Selleck and the Calleguas Municipal Water District in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, reached an accord that must now go to the agency's board for approval at a meeting set for next Wednesday, said Eric Bergh, the agency's resources manager.

Bergh confirmed the deal was struck on Thursday, but said terms were confidential until it was finalized.

"Staff believes the tentative settlement is a positive step towards an ultimate resolution of this matter," Bergh said in an email message to Reuters.

Neither Selleck nor representatives for the performer were immediately available for comment. The 70-year-old actor first gained fame playing a private detective in Hawaii on the 1980s television series "Magnum, P.I."

He now stars on the CBS police drama "Blue Bloods."

The Calleguas district filed a complaint on Monday in Ventura County Superior Court accusing the entertainer of illegally exporting the district's water out of its service area.

The complaint said the water district spent nearly $22,000 to hire a private investigator and discovered that several times from 2013 into 2015 a water-tender truck filled its tanks from a public hydrant in the community of Thousand Oaks and delivered that water to Selleck's nearby ranch.   Continued...

Actor Tom Selleck talks about his show 'Blue Bloods' during the CBS, Showtime and the CW Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California, July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson