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Tom Selleck agrees to pay in water case

17 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

District failed to notify Selleck of water theft allegations sooner, lawyer says.

The Calleguas Municipal Water District had accused the “Magnum P.I.” and “Blue Bloods” star of having truckloads of water from its district delivered to his estate, a violation of local law because his home sits in Hidden Valley, outside Calleguas’ boundaries, according to a complaint filed in Ventura County Superior Court.Before his recent trouble with Ventura County over alleged water theft, the actor became a national superstar 35 years ago when the Hawaii-based procedural topped the Nielsens for CBS. To track the deliveries over the last two years — during which Californians have coped with a worsening drought — the district hired a private investigator.

While still in college, he began a prosperous career doing commercials (a classic is an early ’70s Safeguard deodorant soap spot in which a dreamy-eyed Teri Garr says to Penny Marshall, “He smells just the way a man should smell — clean”). But after the settlement was unanimously approved, the actor’s attorney issued a statement, marking the first public comment by one of Selleck’s representatives and an epilogue to a dispute that generated global intrigue. “Mr. Landing the lead in 1980’s Magnum, P.I. did Selleck, along with CBS, a world of good: The show immediately won the week for the network, which averaged a 20.9 rating, and earned Selleck a lead actor Emmy in 1984.

Selleck did not receive any notifications prior to last week stating that he was acting outside of regulations decreed by the county,” attorney Marty Singer said in the statement, which was issued through a publicist. “Mr. Says CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves of Selleck, now starring on the network’s Blue Bloods: “Two different shows, two very different roles, but he’s just as important to our CBS family today as he was back in the ’80s.” Blood is thicker than water, after all. But district officials have countered that multiple types of payment actually cover the costs of the water, including annexation fees and water-related property tax assessments.

If Hidden Valley wanted to join a water district, residents would have to pay about $9,000 per acre of land and install an actual water infrastructure.

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