The trial in which Tom Hanks was sitting as a juror just came to an abrupt halt after charges of jury tampering surfaced ... TMZ has learned.
During a lunch break Wednesday ... a female member of the L.A. City Attorney's Office went up to Tom in a stairwell and thanked him for his jury service, especially because he's such a big celeb and gladly served.
When the court reconvened today ... the prosecutor disclosed that a member of the City Attorney's Office made inappropriate contact with Tom during a break.
The defense then asked for a hearing to prove prosecutorial misconduct. At that point, lawyers on both sides started talking and a plea deal was cut.
Andrew Flier, the defendant's lawyer (seen above with Hanks after the trial), tells TMZ his client pled no contest to a minor infraction -- disturbing the peace.
The defendant had been charged with domestic violence and faced up to a year in jail. Instead, he got a $150 fine, and that's it.
Flier spoke with us on TMZ Live just a few minutes ago (hear below).
As for Tom, he did not say how he was leaning, but said he was there to "serve justice."
Tom Hanks Jury Case
Allegations of Jury Tampering
9/11/2013 3:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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