Jon Hamm, star of AMC’s drama “Mad Men,” was part of a violent hazing stunt at his University of Texas-Austin Sigma Nu fraternity. The incident led to the fraternity being permanently disbanded and criminal charges for several members, according to a lawsuit obtained by the Associated Press.
The criminal records show that Hamm and his fraternity brothers struck pledge Mark Allen Sanders with a paddle dozens of times, punched him in the kidney, led him around by his genitals using a claw hammer and set his pants on fire, according to Star Magazine, who first reported the story. The incident started because Sanders had not memorized things he was supposed to have memorized.
Sanders said in the lawsuit that he needed medical attention for his injuries and he withdrew from school after the incident. The civil lawsuit was eventually dropped, but four fraternity members pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing charges. Three of them received jail time and one received probation, according to the San Antonio Light.
Hamm was one of four additional Sigma Nu members who had hazing charges brought against them. In Hamm’s case, he received a deferred adjudication for the charge and served probation but was never convicted of a crime.
This revelation about Hamm’s college days comes on the heels of him having completed a 30-day rehab program for alcohol addiction. Hamm left UT following his father’s death and finished college at the University of Missouri.
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