Lawsuit Accuses Actor Tom Selleck Of Stealing Water From A Public Fire Hydrant During California Drought

Foreshadowing the controversy? (Three Men and a Baby)

Tom Selleck and his mustache ponder another kind of liquid in Three Men and a Baby.

While Tom Selleck has a starring role in many fans’ mustache-tic fantasies, the Three Men and a Baby actor is being cast in an entirely different light in a new lawsuit: The Calleguas Municipal Water District claims in a recent complaint that Selleck has been playing a water thief, allegedly pilfering precious water from a public fire hydrant and having it hauled it back to his 60-acre ranch in another water district.

In a complaint filed today in Ventura County Superior Court, Calleguas says it obtained proof of the former Magnum P.I. star’s thievery by hiring a real personal investigator, reports the Los Angeles Times, spending nearly $22,000 to document the alleged theft.

The lawsuit says Selleck had huge amounts of water from the hydrant delivered to his ranch by way of a white truck that filled up at a Thousand Oaks hydrant more than a dozen times since 2013.

Calleguas says in the complaint that Selleck and his wife — who is also named in the court documents — have been barred from using water from the hydrant in its district, because their ranch is located in an entirely different water district, Hidden Valley Municipal Water District.

The district notes in court documents that officials tried to get the illegal water deliveries to stop by sending cease-and-desist letters in November 2013 to Selleck’s home and another address linked to the properties.

But as recently as March 2015, Calleguas says, the white water truck was seen filling up at the hydrant in question and toting it over to the Selleck manor on four separate dates, the complaint alleges. Along with barring Selleck and his wife from taking water from the hydrant, it’s seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction barring Selleck and his contractors or employees from taking water from the Calleguas district.

Selleck’s people have yet to comment on the lawsuit.

The complaint comes at a particularly thirsty time for California, which is in the midst of a historic drought that has residents trying to cut water use by 25%.

Did ‘Magnum P.I’ star Tom Selleck steal truckloads of hydrant water? A real P.I was on case [Los Angeles]

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