TV Actor Wahl Sentenced in Bar Dispute

Actor Ken Wahl, who starred in the TV series “Wiseguy,” was sentenced to a live-in alcohol rehabilitation program and ordered to pay damages of about $800 after pleading no contest Tuesday to criminal charges stemming from an altercation with a hotel bartender.

Wahl, 40, was arrested Dec. 12 at the Beverly Hills Plaza Hotel after shouting obscenities when the bartender refused to serve him any more drinks, officials said. Prosecutor Aaron Friedman said Wahl at one point stabbed the bar with a hunting knife.

The actor, who played an undercover agent who infiltrates the mob in the CBS drama “Wiseguy,” entered his plea to one count of vandalism and one of disturbing the peace. Wahl was not present in West Los Angeles Municipal Court and was represented by his attorney.

The actor was placed on three years’ probation, under which he was ordered to stay away from the hotel and write a letter of apology to the bartender.