May 25th, 2010
01:59 AM ET

Rip Torn faces pre-trial hearing in bank incident

Actor Rip Torn, who is accused of breaking into a bank, will appear for a pre-trial hearing in a Connecticut courtroom on Tuesday.

Prosecutors allege that Torn, 79, was intoxicated and carrying a revolver when he broke into a bank near his Lakeville, Connecticut, home in late January.

Authorities charged him with first-degree burglary and carrying a pistol without a permit, both felonies, and other misdemeanor charges.

The pre-trial hearing was initially scheduled for April 27 but was pushed back.

Torn will now appear at the Litchfield Judicial District Superior Court at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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  1. Irving

    Torn has had other alcohol-related legal problems, and some have been swept under the rug. They did him no favor by allowing him to slide by, and this is the outcome. Drunk or not, this was an armed felony, and the "Hollywood Code of Justice" MUST NOT ALLOW IT TO SLIDE! Robert Downey, Lindsay Lohan, Mel Gibson, Rip Torn. If California refuses to hold it's "special residents" to the same standards as regular people, it's time for regular people to demand some changes. CHANGE #1; Stop putting Hollywood-types in the Governors mansion. Look where this one has gotten you!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      I couldn't agree more!
      Actions like this only give the message – 'this is cool' – to the brainless immature twits called FANS

      May 25, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      I couldn't agree more. If this was a homeless man, me or you they would throw the book at us and Rip Torn should not be an exception. I am sure there are countless people who have regretted their actions because of substance excess but voluntary loss of your mental facalties is no excuse for your actions.

      May 25, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • billdcat

      Iriving, as JDH has stated, "Rip does not live in CALIFORNIA. He was arrested near his home in Lakeville, Connecticut." You might consider seeing a head shrink about your anger issues.

      May 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rabiabar

    cut me a break irving. california got itself into its mess, not the governor. and what would we do without celebrity stars filling up our papers with gossip? then we'd have nothing but war, obama , oil spills, massive extinctions and financial meltdowns. wouldn't be near so much fun now, would it?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. hughes

    With the long history of alcohol abuse, coupled with his age, you might be looking at some organic brain damage and dementia. Any good lawyer should ask for a neuropschological to determine what his functional ability is determined to be.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. eastcoast6

    He's a 79 year old alcoholic most likely suffering from symptoms of alcohol-related dementia. He should be hospitalized, not jailed.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      How about jailed and treated. We cant stop holding people accountible because they are intoxicated. It was their choice to become intoxicated. I dont believe he ment any real harm, however, he did commit a crime and needs to pay for it.

      May 25, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. IHustle

    LOL @ RIP. He's from my hometown of Temple, TX. That dude is nuts lol

    May 25, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. JDH

    Irving – this happened in Connecticut – not California. But thanks for rambling on about an irrelevant topic.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scott

    What purpose would jail time serve? I would question the prosectors ability to show there was any intent to commit a burlary. Take away the guys right to carry a firearm, put him in mandatory rehab. And prohibit him from living within 500 yds of a bank! I mean should we throw every drunk that has a hard time finding his way home after a bender in jail?

    May 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Grace

    Irving, the man did this in Connecticut, NOT California...or are you so reading impaired that you decided that since it started with a C, it HAD to be California?

    Actually READ something before you comment on it, don't just skim it quickly to see if it's something you can use as fuel for your political views.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Irving

      I understand that you dont have all the information about his California infractions. Perhaps you could be as understanding and a little less self-righteous.

      May 25, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Irving

    YO BILLDCAT- I mention Cal because that's where his prior "problems" occurred. I'll see the head shrink if you'll get a "mouth shrink"!

    May 25, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Irving

    His past infractions gave him lots of opportunities to get treatment.... and lots of reasons to get treatments too! He is either responsible for his actions, or he is mentally incompetent, and requires commitment.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Maui Gnome

    It has seemed in the past that celebs have got a break when it came to breaking some laws. It looks like the Califonia court systems have made some changes. With the recent Lohan and Torn crimes they have taken a different view, they have seen how the past has has come back to bite them and as more people speak their minds in open forems such as these, the courts might take a harder stand

    May 26, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. Headboard Light 

    alcholo abuse on the long run is very dangerous and can kill you';*

    October 17, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Paving Slabs ·

    of course alcohol abuse is very dangerous to the health, it can cause cirrhosis and other bad effects "

    November 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nick

    Sad to hear. Torn has been a fine actor. But he can't go around robbing banks or whatever else he does. He needs to be restrained from anti-social events but should be required to get some help and guidance on how to live sensibly before he hurts someone,besides himself.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |