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Rip Torn: I'm No Gun Slangin' Bank Robber

3/30/2010 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rip Torn just pled not guilty to gun and burglary charges -- over an incident in January where cops say the actor was so drunk, he broke into a bank with a loaded gun because he thought it was his own house.

Rip Torn: Click to watch
Torn appeared in Litchfield County Court in Connecticut this morning, where he faced charges of first-degree burglary, carrying a pistol without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, second-degree criminal trespass, and third-degree criminal mischief.

Torn's attorney told the court that Rip is making progress in his alcohol rehabilitation program and has moved from an inpatient to an outpatient program.

Rip is due back in court on April 27.

Thanks to WTNH for the video.

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jfp    

Rip is the coolest. I'd let him go even if he really meant to do it. Haha.

1616 days ago
2.

Millie    

Rip is no thief, he is just a sad and pathetic drunk. Lets hope they can sober him up, because when he is working, he is also a good, funny actor! Maybe the aliens are to blame, call the Men in Black!

1616 days ago
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rob reid    

Why in America do you want to send everyone to jail??, who robs a bank with a gun, when it's closed!!! It is quite obvious the guy was plastered, not to mention - if you run the photo of the bank - it really does resemble his home!!!

1616 days ago
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Politico Pablo    

If he didn't have a serious drinking problem, this entire fiasco would be hilarious. "What are you doing in my house"?

1616 days ago
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Anita    

Oh that poor old man. His wife is dead and he is totally forlorn.
At his age, he should be under the loving care of relatives.

God I hope I die quickly instead of lingering and being out of it,going into such a sad death.

1616 days ago
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justsaying    

Rip has three things going for him. He's white, an actor and he's old. Probation will be the verdict. Now.....if he were hispanic or black, he could have invented sunlight, but his butt would be doing 15-20 for bank robbery. remember: white is right.

1616 days ago
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Anon    

Rip, no one thinks you're a bank robber. But they do think you are an elderly drunk that might need a keeper. Reel it in or hire someone to look after you.

1616 days ago
8.

I BE DARNELL    

THERE IS A VIP/ SEAT FOR HIM....ON THE HOLLYWOOD SLAG HEEP,BEEN RESERVED FOR SOME TIME. THIS COULD BE JUST THE TICKET!

1616 days ago
9.

Fred Farkel    



Oh for crying out loud.

Let the man go home.

1616 days ago
10.

Anita    

Death, be not proud...

1616 days ago
11.

LeRoy    

Dayum

Whats wrong with people. Isnt he rich?

1616 days ago
12.

sb8fu    

Just because Hes old and a drunk and famous does not excuse Him for what he did. He should get the same punishment that any poor black, hispanic, or white person would get. Any poor person would still be in jail facing 10 to 20 years in prison and they would get 10 to 20 years in prison. He wont though cause He has money and hes famous.

1616 days ago
13.

Crush1800    

RIP, Please don't RIP on us, I know things are hard, yet, stay strong. PEACE You are someone, not a somebody...

1616 days ago
14.

Darlene    

Oh brother, give me a break!!!

1616 days ago
15.

THINK TANK    

HE broke into the bank because they hold a note on his soul..he signed the note to get a role..now the bank wants his soul but he wants more time.Look for either him to die or the bank to drop the note after he dies.

1616 days ago
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