Tom Hanks was summoned for jury duty this week and actually served, but his presence ended up causing controversy and ending a domestic violence trial.
The Oscar winner spent Tuesday on jury duty, hearing the case of a man accused of striking his girlfriend. But soon things took an unexpected turn.
Officials at the L.A. City Attorney’s Office offered the defendant a plea bargain after that learning a female member of the team approached the movie star.
The suspect was allowed to walk free on Wednesday after pleading no contest to the minor offense of disturbing the peace and paying a $150 fine.
Defense lawyer Andrew Flier said “The assigned prosecutor on the case gave notice to the court and myself" of the alleged misconduct, as required.