NBC Actor Accused of Assault
Nov. 02, 1999
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Wallace Langham, who plays a character everyone thinks is gay on the NBC sitcom ``Veronica's Closet,'' has been accused of assaulting a man while shouting gay slurs.
Langham, 34, was charged Monday with misdemeanor battery and committing a hate crime stemming from the Sept. 7 incident at a Hollywood supermarket.
However, a publicist for Langham said the actor, who plays the character Josh on ``Veronica's Closet,'' did not shout homosexual slurs and is a supporter of gay rights. She blamed the altercation on an extortion attempt.
``Mr. Langham intends to request that extortion charges be filed against the purported victim,'' said Hayley Sumner. ``It is despicable for an individual to provoke a fight and then characterize it as a hate crime in order to leverage the incident for his personal financial gain.''
The alleged victim, a 35-year-old man, received hospital treatment for bruises and an injured jaw, Deputy City Attorney Michael Pizzuti said.