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Alleged Victim of Rip Torn -- Torn Himself

1/31/2010 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Rip TornRip Torn is so in need of help, even the CEO of the bank he allegedly broke into on Friday night wants to see someone stage an intervention.

Torn was arrested after cops found him drunk inside a bank in Connecticut with a loaded revolver.

Mark E. Macomber, President/CEO of Litchfield Bancorp in Connecticut, tells TMZ no one was in the building at the time Torn allegedly broke in -- and the only damage was to the smashed window cops say was Torn's point of entry.

Macomber says he didn't believe Torn was trying to hurt anyone or steal anything. Macomber spoke to authorities in Connecticut who told him Torn was found lying on the floor. He said cops believe Torn thought he was in his own house.

He called the incident a "serious matter," but seemed to think Torn needed help with his alcohol problem more than anything else.

Torn was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal mischief. He is due in court on Monday.

UPDATE: As of Sunday morning, Rip Torn is still in custody.


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1726 days ago


jack nicholson? jeff bridges? no, rip torn!

1726 days ago


No intervention is going to help that old pathetic drunk. He's to far gone.

1726 days ago


Give him back his gun and tell him it's a hairdryer. Problem solved!

1726 days ago

He deserves a break on this one.

1726 days ago

Saint Subversive    

Rip has a looooong history of insane events like this. I have a clip posted to YouTube and on my website that has become somewhat infamous on the internet over the last few years, where Rip got into a brawl with Norman Mailer, attacking him with a hammer, which caused Mailer to respond by grappling with Rip and then nearly chewing his ear off, all of it with camera rolling (and Mailer's family screaming in terror) at the end of production on Mailer's experimental film, MAIDSTONE (1970). Have a look, its pretty unique. :)

1726 days ago

Better Than You    

I like a lot of the movies he's been in. But he shouldn't be let off for this one. He could have killed somebody.

1726 days ago


So,he should get the kid glove treatment because he's and actor,I don't think so,treat him like everyone else....

1726 days ago


I loved him on the Larry Sanders show, I think it's a shame that alcohol has ruined his life. It's just very sad he has ended up like this. I hope it gets some help.

1726 days ago

Zach Swan    

It's an easy enough mistake to make after getting liquored up, what with all those shiny windows and the marble. Definitely looks like home. Plus, he never would have broken in, if his fricken key would have worked in the darn door lock.

On a serious note, the man is 79 and surely cared about by many. How did he ever end up hammered, all alone, and sporting a loaded firearm in the middle of the night? Scary and more than a little sad.

1726 days ago


Can you say celebrity rehab....

1726 days ago


Calling Dr. Drew!

1726 days ago


Rip's daughter by Amy Wright, Claire Torn, wrote a comment about her dad over at the Entertainment Weekly website:

Claire Torn
Sat 01/30/10 5:42 PM

He did not rob no bank, he broke in because he a is an confused old alcoholic. He needs help and needs to go to rehab. Alcohol is ruining his life.

1726 days ago


Link to Entertainment Weekly story where Rip's daughter Clair wrote about her dad being a "confused old alcoholic."

1726 days ago


...okay, i get that you thought the bank was your home, but do you generally carry around a loaded fire-arm? you can still sober up at seventy-nine and get a few more good years in there, i'm not sure the liver would agree, but, it's worth a try...

1726 days ago
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