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Actor Rip Torn denies break-in charges

Rip Torn
Torn's lawyer said the actor had made "excellent strides" in his rehabilitation

Actor Rip Torn has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to his arrest for breaking into a bank in Connecticut while carrying a gun.

The Men in Black star, 79, was charged with criminal trespass, burglary and firearms offences as a result of the alleged incident on 29 January.

Torn was released from an alcohol rehab clinic in New York on Monday, a court in Litchfield, Connecticut heard.

He was allowed to remain free on bail, provided he stays away from alcohol.

The actor, who said he was happy to comply, is due back in court on 27 April.

Torn was allegedly so intoxicated on the night of the incident he believed he was at his home in Salisbury in north-west Connecticut.

He was arrested after he was found inside the Litchfield Bancorp bank with a loaded revolver.

Born Elmore Rual Torn in 1931, the gravelly-voiced actor was nominated for an Oscar in 1984 for his role in literary biopic Cross Creek.

Yet he remains best known for his role as gruff producer Artie in The Larry Sanders Show, for which he won an Emmy in 1996.

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