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Judge dismisses wife-beating case against ‘M-A-S-H’ star Harry Morgan

June 25, 1997 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Wife-beating charges were dropped against Harry Morgan on Wednesday after the ``M-A-S-H″ star completed a violence counseling program.

The 82-year-old actor was charged on July 7 with spousal battery after a confrontation with Barbara Morgan, his 70-year-old wife, left her bruised and bloodied.

``Harry Morgan completed a six-month counseling program for domestic violence and anger management,″ so the charge was dropped, said Ted Goldstein, a spokesman for the City Attorney’s office.

The Emmy-winning actor, who portrayed Col. Sherman Potter on ``M-A-S-H″ and Officer Bill Gannon on ``Dragnet,″ was not in court. Morgan could have gotten a year in jail and a $6,000 fine if convicted.

The actor’s lawyer, Harland Braun, said Morgan never hit his wife but grabbed her as she destroyed furniture in their home during a drunken dispute.