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July 08, 2015

Tom Selleck accused of taking water for California ranch

Actor Tom Selleck has been accused by a California agency of unlawfully taking water from a public hydrant to supply his ranch, even as the state reels from a four-year drought, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

The Calleguas Municipal Water District filed a complaint on Monday in Ventura County Superior Court against the star of 1980s television series "Magnum, P.I." and the police show "Blue Bloods" which airs on CBS, the Times reported on its website.

The complaint said the water district spent nearly $22,000 to hire a private investigator and discovered that, more than a dozen times since 2013, a truck pulled up at a hydrant in the town of Thousand Oaks and filled up on water to deliver to Selleck's ranch in nearby Westlake Village, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The complaint comes as California deals with a devastating four-year drought that has damaged the state's multi-billion dollar agriculture industry. State officials have imposed mandatory cutbacks of 25 percent on average for cities and towns.

The water district is seeking a court injunction to prevent Selleck from taking water from the hydrant, which is located in a different area than the water district that serves the location of the actor's ranch, the Times reported.

A representative for the Ventura County Superior Court said the complaint was not immediately available for public release. Representatives for Selleck, and the Calleguas Municipal Water District could not immediately be reached for comment.