Actor Rip Torn – perhaps best known for the Men In Black movies and the Larry Sanders Show – was released from custody Monday after posting bail on charges he broke into a bank, drunk, and with a loaded gun last Friday.
Torn - looking disheveled and wearing handcuffs - arrived at Bantam Superior Court in Connecticut earlier Monday morning to face a judge on multiple charges including carrying a pistol without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal mischief.
He appeared in court only briefly in court to hear the charges; he then posted $10,000, the required ten-percent of his $100,000 cash bond, and was released from custody
Police say the 78-year-old star broke into the Litchfield Bancorp building in Salisbury, CT. last Friday, setting off the building's alarm. Police said that when they responded to the alarm around 9:40 p.m., they said Torn was carrying "a loaded revolver and was highly intoxicated."
Torn was ordered back in court on February 17 to face arraignment. At that time, he is expected to enter a plea.
It’s the latest in a sad series of alcohol-related incidents for the Emmy Award winning star: Torn escaped jail for a December 2008 drunken driving incident, as he was granted permission to enter an alcohol education program instead. Prior to that, he had two drunken driven charges against him in New York. He was acquitted by a jury in a 2004 drunken driving case and, in a second case, pleaded guilty in 2007 to a lesser charge of being ability impaired.