Magnum PI star Tom Selleck and the Calleguas Municipal Water District in Ventura County have reached a settlement for $21,685.55 in the matter of Selleck illegally trucking in water from another water district for his 60-acre ranch in Hidden Valley. The LA Times says that amount covers the "investigative costs" that the district incurred on the path to suing Selleck, like for the private investigator they hired to watch a truck go to Thousand Oaks, fill up at a fire hydrant on a construction site, and then drive to Selleck's estate (which is in a different water district).
Selleck's lawyer says the actor is "pleased" with the settlement, and maintains that Selleck had no idea that trucking in water from outside his water district was illegal, although the water district says they sent him two cease-and-desist letters (to two addresses) warning him that it was. The settlement with the district requires that Selleck immediately stop bringing in water from the Calleguas to the ranch he and his wife have called home since the 1980s.
Selleck is not the only celeb to get called out for shipping water in in the midst of droughty California's mandatory water cutbacks. In Montecito, a ritzy enclave outside of Santa Barbara, it was rumored that Oprah was getting "massive tanker-truck shipments of water every day before 7 am" delivered to her 40-acre estate.
· Tom Selleck 'pleased' by settlement with water district, attorney says [LAT]
· Lawsuit: Tom Selleck Has Been Stealing Water From a Public Hydrant For His 60-Acre Ranch [Curbed LA]
· Oprah Shipping in Drought Water to Massive Montecito Estate [Curbed LA]