‘Mad Men’ Star Jon Hamm Was Accused in Violent College Frat Hazing
The Emmy-nominated actor had not previously been publicly linked to a lawsuit filed by a member of a fraternal social organization who said he was severely beaten, dragged by a hammer and had his pants lit on fire. In the 1991 lawsuit, the pledge said Hamm participated “until the very end”.
Criminal records show Hamm, now 44, was charged with hazing and received probation. A separate charge of assault was dismissed. The chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity, a male group of students, permanently disbanded.
Court documents obtained by the Associated Press, Hamm and his Sigma Nu frat brothers hit a prospective pledge with a wooden paddle more than 30 times and set his trousers on fire – then made him blow the fire out.
“He rears back and hits me left-handed, and he hit me right over my right kidney, I mean square over it,” Sanders said in the lawsuit. “Good solid hit and that, that stood me right up.”
The documents also state Hamm hooked the claw of a hammer under the young man’s genitals and led him around the room. Sanders needed medical care after the hazing and dropped out of the university.
After a complaint by the pledge’s mother at the time, Hamm was charged with hazing but he reached a plea deal in 1995. Salon reports he received ‘deferred adjudication’ which under Texas law means he had to complete probation but was never convicted.
Hamm has yet to discuss the incident publicly.