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Rip Torn pleads not guilty to criminal trespass, gun charges

March 30, 2010 | 11:22 am

Rip torn Rip Torn entered a not guilty plea Tuesday in a Connecticut court on charges related to a Jan. 29 arrest for allegedly breaking into a Salisbury, Conn., bank branch, thinking it was his home.

The "Men in Black" actor, who won an Emmy for "The Larry Sanders Show," is charged with criminal trespass, carrying a gun without a permit, carrying a gun while intoxicated, burglary and criminal mischief.

Torn, who police said was carrying a loaded gun at the time, took off his boots and hat and placed them by the door of the bank branch before entering. A window on the bank had been broken.

Torn's home is indeed near the bank, but ...

Torn, who has struggled for years with alcohol problems, went into rehab Feb. 2 after making bail; he's since transferred to an outpatient program, his attorney said Tuesday in court.

Torn will remain free on $100,000 bond; his next court appearance is set for April 27. 

-- Chrsitie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Rip Torn arrives for a hearing at Litchfield Superior Court in Litchfield, Conn., on March 30, 2010.  Credit: John McKenna / Republican-American / Associated Press