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Rip Torn denies burglary charges

Rip Torn has pleaded not guilty to burglary and firearms charges stemming from his January arrest inside a US bank after hours.

State police said the 79-year-old Emmy award winner was so intoxicated on the night of January 29 that he broke into the Litchfield Bancorp branch with a loaded gun, thinking it was his home in Salisbury in northwestern Connecticut.

Torn is charged with criminal trespass, carrying a gun without a permit, carrying a gun while intoxicated, burglary and criminal mischief.

Superior Court Judge James P Ginocchio allowed him to remain free on 100,000 dollars bond, under the condition that he stay away from alcohol. Torn said he was more than happy to comply.

Torn's attorney said the actor, who is currently appearing in the movie Happy Tears, has moved from an inpatient to an outpatient rehabilitation program.

"Today we established with the court the excellent strides that Rip has made through his treatment," he said.

Torn received probation last year in a Connecticut DUI case and also had alcohol-related arrests in New York in the past.

He told reporters that he had been through rehabilitation before, and had been sober for some time before the night he was arrested.

"I've never missed a day's work in my life," he said.

His attorney declined to say if Torn - due back in court in April 27 - is currently working.

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