Rip Torn‘s legal drama isn’t over — at least just not yet, RadarOnline.com is reporting.
The Emmy Award winning Larry Sanders Show star appeared in Superior Court Tuesday in Litchfield, CT to face charges he broke into a bank — drunk and with a loaded gun — this past January. His case was continued until next week after his attorney briefed the court on the actor’s progress in straightening out his life.
Torn’s case is expected to come to a conclusion on June 4, his attorney Thomas Waterfall said outside of court Tuesday.
“We expect to have some very serious progress on that date,” Waterfall said after Torn, 78, got into a waiting car.
Waterfall — who met with the prosecutor and the judge — said he layed out a good report from Torn’s outpatient treatment provider, who said that The Men In Black star was participating in counseling & regularly attending AA meetings.
Waterfall says that later Tuesday he is meeting with the prosecutor to see what they can do to move towards a resolution in the case. The main issue that needs to be resolved is if the state is going try to proceed with the case as a burglary.
Torn was arrested in back in January for breaking into a bank while drunk with a loaded revolver.
Torn’s attorney says Torn actually thought he had arrived at his home, not at a bank and therefore shouldn’t be charged with burglary.
Police said that after a night of drinking last January, Torn was headed home to his home, just around the corner from the bank. Torn’s attorney says the bank, which is built in a remodeled clapboard home, looks remarkably like the actor’s house, and when his key didn’t work, he broke a window to get inside and then neatly placed his cowboy boots and a wool cap by the back door.
Authorities say Torn’s alcohol level was two-and-a-half times the legal driving limit, and he was carrying a loaded .22-caliber revolver. Police said that Torn looked unsteady on his feet, that his fly was open and that he repeatedly complained about being handcuffed and then taken from what he thought was his own home.
Torn is one of Hollywood’s most successful actors, having starred in ten Broadway plays, and even receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1983 for the film Cross Creek.