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Jon Hamm Was Arrested In College For Lighting A Fraternity Pledge On Fire

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Kaitlan Collins White House Correspondent
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Jon Hamm was arrested during his undergraduate days at the University of Texas for a hazing incident where a fraternity pledge was beaten, dragged around by a hammer and set on fire, the Associated Press has confirmed.

The “Mad Men” star, who was 20 at the time, was charged but not convicted. He instead received “deferred adjudication,” meaning he either plead guilty or no contest and was given a set of requirements to meet by the court.

Though the 1991 lawsuit just surfaced this week, Mark Allen Sanders — the pledge — made Hamm angry when he was unable to recite information about older members of the fraternity. Sanders said Hamm “then went on to set his jeans on fire, shove his face in dirt and strike him with a paddle.”

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Sanders said he needed medical care from the incident and eventually withdrew from school.

The criminal charges led to the disbandment of the Sigma Nu chapter at the university. In a previous interview Hamm said he left school his sophomore year after his father died in 1990.

Hamm, 44, recently completed a 30-day stint in rehab for alcohol. (RELATED: Jon Hamm Finally Speaks Out About His Time In Rehab)