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Rip Torn Stars in Court Appearance for Drunken Burglary Charge

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(New York State Police)
LITCHFIELD, Conn.(CBS/AP) Rip Torn, Oscar-nominated American actor of stage, screen and television, made an initial court appearance on burglary and firearms charges in Connecticut on Monday.

Photo: Rip Torn enters Manhattan Criminal Court in 2006.

He stands accused of breaking into a bank in his hometown of Salisbury on Friday with a loaded revolver while intoxicated.

His attorney, A. Thomas Waterfall, says Torn will be able to post his $100,00 bond Monday and is expected to enter an alcohol treatment facility in New York as early as Tuesday.

Photo: Rip Torn's 2006 mug shot after a DUI.
Waterfall says the 78-year-old Torn, who spent the weekend in jail, doesn't have a history of violence and never brandished the gun.

This is not Torn's first tangle with the law however. Last year, Torn was given probation in a Connecticut drunken driving case and granted permission to enter an alcohol education program. He also has two previous drunken driving arrests in New York.

Torn did not enter a plea Monday. He returns to court Feb. 17.

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