Walter P. Bissell. better known as Patrick Bissell the ballet dancer, is free on $2,250 bond after having been arrested in Bloomington, Ind., on March 7, on charges on being drunk, disorderly and commiting battery on a police officer.
Bissell pleaded not guilty. A trail date has not been set.
The dancer and his now-regular partner, Gelsey Kirkland, are scheduled to perform at Goucher College in Towson, Md., tomorrow night, dancing with the Tidewater Ballet company.Bissell and Kirkland are currently full-time free-lancers since both were fired by the American Ballet Theatre last December for chronic failure to appear at rehearsals.
Bissell, 23, had gone to Bloomington with Kirkland to appear in an Indiana University student performance of "Swan Lake" on March 5 and 6.
George E. Huntington, chief of the Bloomington division of the Indiana University police, said that according to the police report, after the second performance, Bissell allegedly had a dispute with an employe of the Indiana University Memorial Union guestquarters facility regarding a bottle of wine the dancer had brought onto the premises -- where alcholic beverages are prohibited by state ordinance.
The Indiana University police, who are fully empowered law enforcement officers, were summoned to the building and, after an argument, arrested him.