Attorneys for Selleck and the Calleguas Municipal Water District reached a tentative settlement Thursday, water resources manager Eric Bergh told Los Angeles Times. The details of the settlement will not be released until it’s final, he said.
“We’re happy about it,” Bergh told the newspaper. “It’s good news.”
The water district named Selleck, 70, and his wife, Jillie, in the suit, claiming it spent nearly $22,000 on a private investigator to document the alleged misappropriation.
The water district said in fall 2013 it saw a water truck fill up in Thousand Oaks seven times and deliver to “the Hidden Valley area where the Selleck property is located,” according to the lawsuit cited by Courthouse News Service. It said it sent a cease-and-desist letter but, less than a month later, it saw the same water truck making the same delivery again. It happened four more times in March of this year, the water district said in the lawsuit.
Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. John Riley told NBC News authorities have conducted their own investigation but “we were unable to establish a crime was committed.”
The water district was seeking reimbursement from Selleck for court costs and the costs of the private investigator as well as a preliminary and permanent injunction and other damages, according to Courthouse News Service.
The tentative court settlement will be sent to the water district board for approval next week, Bergh told Los Angeles Times.
[This post has been updated.]