Rip Torn headed for rehab after arrested drunk in bank

Mon Feb 1, 2010 6:32pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actor Rip Torn was released on bail on Monday and was headed for rehab after police said they found him drunk and armed with a loaded gun in a closed Connecticut bank last week.

Torn 78, was charged in court with burglary, criminal trespass and weapons offenses but did not enter a plea. He was released on $100,000 bond, a court spokeswoman said.

Torn's lawyer said the actor, whose most recent role has been as a network TV boss on NBC's comedy "30 Rock", was disoriented and believed he was at home at the time of his arrest. He was fond on Friday inside a bank in his home town of Salisbury, Connecticut.

"He will enter rehab on Tuesday," lawyer A. Thomas Waterfall said. The actor has previous arrests for drunken driving. Waterfall said he expected Torn to plead not guilty at his next court hearing on Feb 17.

"Mr Torn believed he was at home," Waterfall told Reuters. "Based upon that belief he would not have the necessary intent to commit a crime."

Police said in a report they responded to an alarm and found Torn inside the Litchfield Bank with a loaded revolver and "highly intoxicated."

"Clearly, there is no allegation he was brandishing a weapon in any manner, nor did he threaten anyone in any way," Waterfall said.

Torn, a cousin of actress Sissy Spacek, won an Emmy award for his role on "The Larry Sanders Show" in the 1990s and was nominated for an Oscar for "Cross Creek" in 1983. He also appeared in the movie "Men in Black".

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Jill Serjeant)