Update 7.10.15: The L.A. Times reported Thursday that Tom Selleck and the Calleguas Municipal Water District have reached a tentative settlement after claiming the actor was taking water from a public hydrant for private use on his property.
The details of the settlement are confidential until approved by the water district’s board, according to Calleguas resources manager, Eric Bergh. The L.A. Times reports the board is set to vote on the settlement in a meeting Wednesday, with Bergh noting “We’re happy about it. It’s good news.”
Selleck still has yet to comment on the allegations he stole water using a tanker truck, which hauled the water for use on his 60-acre ranch at least a dozen times.
Looks like Magnum P.I. just got hosed by a real life P.I.
The L.A. Times reports that actor Tom Selleck is being accused of stealing water from a public fire hydrant in Ventura County by the truckloads, according to recently filed court documents.
The complaint was filed by the Calleguas Municipal Water District, who hired a real Private Investigator to catch the former Magnum P.I. star in the act of swiping water from a Thousand Oaks hydrant more than a dozen times since 2013.
The document claims a white truck was seen filling up at the hydrant and later delivering the water to Selleck’s sprawling 60-acre ranch in Westlake Village. It also claimed the water district sent multiple cease and desist orders to Selleck to stop taking water from the hydrant to use on his property, but the truck was seen as recently as March 2015 pumping from the same hydrant.
The water district is now suing Selleck for nearly $22,000, the cost of hiring the P.I. They also barred Selleck and his wife Jillie, who is also named on the complaint, from filling up at the hydrant because their property is located in a neighboring water district – Hidden Valley Municipal Water District.
The claims come amid the historic drought in California, in which many cities and residents have been ordered to cut water usage by as much as 25%.
Selleck has yet to comment on the accusations.