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Tom Selleck reaches agreement with water district that sued him over water misappropriation allegations

Actor Tom Selleck is being sued by a water district for unlawfully taking water from a public hydrant for his ranch. This comes as California deals with a historic drought. (Video: Reuters)


Hollywood star Tom Selleck has reached an agreement with a Southern California water district that sued him in court earlier this week for allegedly pulling water from a public hydrant to supply his ranch during the state’s historic drought.

The Calleguas Municipal Water District filed a complaint Monday in Ventura County Superior Court claiming the actor filled a commercial water truck from a hydrant a dozen times since 2013 and had it delivered to his 60-acre Thousand Oaks ranch near Los Angeles. Selleck’s property is located in the Hidden Valley Municipal Water District so his alleged water use in the Calleguas District is prohibited, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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.

Representatives for Selleck did not respond to requests for comment from the Los Angeles Times, NBC News or The Washington Post.

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.]