From Hero To Villain? Tom Selleck Faces Droughtshaming Allegations Of Stealing Water For California Ranch

From Hero To Villain? Tom Selleck Faces Droughtshaming Allegations Of Stealing Water For California Ranch
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CBS show’s Blue Bloods’ actor, Tom Selleck, is facing a droughtshaming court suit allegedly for stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant to water his ranch in drought-stricken California.


In its droughtshaming complaint, the Calleguas municipal water district said a white commercial water tanker truck was seen filling up water from a hydrant by a construction site in Thousand Oaks seven times between 20 September and 3 October 2013.

The district had hired a private investigator to monitor the ongoings. It was later found out that the water truck took its loot to Selleck’s property in the neighboring Hidden Valley area of Westlake.

Cease-And-Desist Notices

On November 2013, the district facilitated the cease-and-desist notices sent and received at the actor’s homes, including even one on the Avenue of the Stars.

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Three weeks later, however, the district alleged Selleck defied the notices and had the same truck return to the hydrant, having it filled up and deliver water again to the 60-acre Hidden Valley avocado farm and ranch.

By end March 2015, the same truck had made again at least four trips between the hydrant and Selleck’s ranch, the complaint said.

Selleck and his wife, Jillie Mack-Selleck, are being sued by the district for legal fees and investigative costs, including the $21,685.55 amount it paid for the private investigator.

The droughtshaming complaint also wants the couple slapped with a permanent injunction so they can no longer steal water from the district just to keep alive their ranch in the face of the severe drought hitting California, now on its fourth year.

Gov. Jerry Brown had in fact in January 2014 declared a state of emergency. (Read: California turns to Australia for tips on conserving water.)

Swath Of Fairly Dense Trees And Shrubbery

Courthouse News Service, citing an aerial photo from the real estate site Zillow, said the property looked like a swath of “fairly dense” trees and shrubbery and “plenty of brown grass.” Zillow valued the property at $10.2 million.

The Selleck couple have lived at the ranch for nearly three decades.

Apart from Selleck, the #droughshaming movement on Twitter had included reality star Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Barbra Streisand and Hugh Hefner who all have properties in the drying state.