That Story About ‘The Wire’ Star Hitting A Sanders Supporter Is Crazier Than We Thought

Katie Jerkovich | Entertainment Reporter

A new report claims that Wendell Pierce tried to get into the hotel room of the Bernie Sanders supporter who he attacked, but a knife threat stopped him.

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An eyewitness told The Daily Beast that the people “The Wire” star was initially talking politics with — a woman and her boyfriend — retreated to their room when things got out of hand.

The source said he remembers waking up to “yelling and banging” at the hotel door by one of the guests he was staying with — Maggie Elena Baca, the woman Pierce reportedly attacked.

“I went to the door, and Maggie, and her boyfriend, and her cousin had just come in,” he said. “Her cousin is leaning her back against the door and feet against the wall trying to keep the door closed, and the boyfriend is trying to get Mr. Pierce’s hands off his girlfriend.”

“He was trying to force his way into the room, and had a handful of Maggie’s hair, and yanking on the hair, and swinging his arm around.”

According to the report, the actor’s “arms and one of his legs” were visible in the hotel room as the three struggled to keep the door from opening. They said they could also hear a woman’s voice on the other side of the door begging Pierce to stop.

The source told them they paused for a moment to allow the actor to stop and then “he then charged the door again.”

“He then kept swinging, and hit [Maggie] a couple times, fairly hard, on the side of her head and on top of her head. He never got fully in the room,” he added. “But it was then that Maggie’s boyfriend shouted, ‘I’m gonna get a knife.'”

That’s when the eyewitness said he finally stopped.

“None of us knew [initially] that he was famous,” the person said. “Maggie is pretty overwhelmed by the amount of attention this is getting. They told me he was talking politics [with them earlier] and telling them they should vote for Hillary.”

“They told him they were voting for Bernie and they didn’t agree with Hillary, and then he started pushing them,” the witness continued. “They went back upstairs to avoid getting in a confrontation with a guy much larger than them.”

Initial reports said that Pierce was arrested and charged with simple battery after a fight broke out Saturday morning. (RELATED: ‘The Wire’ Star Arrested For Attacking A Woman Who Said She Supports Bernie Sanders)

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