The 'Dukes of Hazzard' alum 'firmly denies' innapropriately touching his colleague and plans to take 'personal time' to address his substance addiction.
Tom Wopat addresses allegations that he grabbed his female co-star's butt during rehearsals of stage musical "42nd Street" after he was arrested for indecent assault and battery as well as drugs possession. The former "Dukes of Hazzard" star denies inappropriately touching his colleague but he admits to substance addiction.
"As a result of this incident," the actor "was forced by court order to leave a production of 42nd Street in Waltham ... He is truly disappointed not to be on the stage with his fellow performers and wishes them success in this and all future endeavors."
He expresses "his deepest regrets to friends, family, and his many loyal fans" for the "unfortunate events," but he "firmly denies any wrongdoing, and after a thorough investigation by his defense team and a full airing of the facts, Tom has faith that the truth will be revealed and his good name will be restored."
His representative continues, "Mr. Wopat urges everyone to keep in mind that these are allegations; he’s alleged to have improperly touched an adult female performer during rehearsal in the presence of the entire cast and directing staff."
He will take "personal time to address his ongoing struggle with substance abuse. While death and illness in the family, combined with the intensity of his recent schedule, certainly contributed to his misstep, Tom definitely understands that sobriety is the sole course for a successful future and will take immediate steps to achieve it."