US actor in court over alleged Belfast city centre sex attack

AN American actor has been released on £1,000 (€1,170) bail after appearing in a Belfast court to face a charge of indecent assault.

Major Dodge (31), who has been in US television series such as Sex And The City and Law & Order, appeared at Laganside Magistrates Court on Saturday morning.  The charge was in relation to an alleged sex attack on a 23-year-old woman in Great Victoria Street in Belfast in the early hours of Thursday, according to police.  At the hearing the actor was represented by an official from the US Consulate in Belfast.

It is understood Dodge is in Northern Ireland working on an advertising and publicity campaign for Bushmills Distillery. The Indiana-born actor is one of three faces featured in the ‘Bushmills Brothers’ advertising campaign, which was launched earlier this year by former Irish rugby player Keith Wood.  The actor had been in Northern Ireland visiting attractions — including the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, the Giant’s Causeway, the Crown Bar and the Bushmills Distillery — before his group visited a Belfast nightclub on Wednesday night before the alleged incident.

It emerged that police visited Dodge’s hotel to question him about the alleged attack. He was released on £1,000 bail after appearing in court.  Dodge has also appeared in US television hits such as All My Children, Fear, 30 Rock, the drama Manifesto and movies including A Dangerous Place and Blue Collar Boys.  He has starred in Broadway stage shows such as Rebel Without A Cause and The Awesome 80s Prom and in a number of advertising campaigns for Budweiser, Coors Light, Orange Cellular and Panasonic Toughbook laptops.

Dodge lives in New York with his baby son and wife, actress Neill Skylar, who appeared in popular crime series CSI and the movie Tropic Thunder.

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