Actor Tom Selleck has been accused by a California agency of unlawfully taking water from a public hydrant to supply his ranch as the state grapples with a devastating drought, court papers showed on Wednesday.
The Calleguas Municipal Water District in Ventura County claims a tanker truck filled up at a hydrant more than a dozen times and hauled water to a 60-acre ranch owned by Selleck in Westlake Village. 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.
The district, serving a large part of Ventura County, says it shelled out $21,685.55 for an investigator to determine that Magnum P.I.
Representatives for Selleck have not responded to a request for comment.
The documents also state the star and his wife, Jillie Mack, continued using the water after the municipality sent them two cease-and-desist letters to both of his California homes in 2013.
The lawsuit was submitted to Ventura County Superior Court on Tuesday.
The lawsuit comes after California communities were ordered to cut water use by 25 percent compared with 2013 levels amid a four-year dry spell.
The most recent theft is said to have taken place in March, when water was reportedly taken from the town of Thousand Oaks to Selleck’s ranch on four consecutive days.
Tom Selleck is in hot water – because of water.
The water district is seeking reimbursement 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.