The Wire actor Wendell Pierce has been arrested after allegedly getting into a row over politics at a hotel in Atlanta.

Police department spokesman Donald Hannah said the star was arrested on Saturday morning at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.

The New Orleans native is known for his television roles as Detective William “Bunk” Moreland in The Wire and Antoine Batiste on Treme.

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TMZ reported that Pierce got into a physical altercation with a man and woman when he became upset after she declared her support for Bernie Sanders.

The actor is an avowed Hillary Clinton supporter.

Mr Hannah’s statement said the incident was not significant and was treated as “any other arrest”.

He added that Pierce never indicated he was well-known.

Fulton County Jail records show Pierce was charged with simple battery and released the same day on $1,000 (£700) bond.