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Chris Hansen Catches Break in Bad Checks Case … Prosecutors Drop Charges

EXCLUSIVE

Chris Hansen is off the hook for allegedly bouncing checks — which got him arrested in Connecticut — because prosecutors dropped the charges … TMZ has learned. 

The former host of “To Catch a Predator” came up with the nearly $ 13,000 he owed to a mom-and-pop shop in Stamford, CT … according to the court. As a result, prosecutors decided to drop the whole matter. 

TMZ broke the story … Hansen was arrested and booked for larceny after allegedly bouncing 2 checks to the store owners. 

Hansen’s attorney, Philip Russell, tells TMZ … Chris was in court Wednesday for a hearing, but he didn’t have to plead to any charges after paying his debt in full.

As for when Hansen settled the tab, we’d assume he paid up after his arrest — but when we posed that question to the court clerk we got a “no comment.” 

Chris Hansen Can’t ‘Catch’ a Break … Getting Evicted from NYC Apt.

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Chris Hansen‘s appears to be having a rough time, at least financially — he’s getting booted from his home in Manhattan … TMZ has learned.

According to legal docs … the former host of “To Catch a Predator” last paid rent in August 2018, but was $ 400 short, and stopped sending checks altogether after that. So, the owner of the pad went to court in October and filed paperwork to have Chris evicted.

In the eviction docs, the landlord says Chris owes $ 400 for August, plus $ 3,600 for September.

Hansen was ordered out of the apartment last week by a judge and given 10 days to vacate. The official eviction day is Friday, and city marshals are set to perform removal services then.

As we reported, Hansen was arrested Monday in Stamford, Connecticut for larceny — he allegedly bounced a couple checks to cover a $ 13k tab for a bunch of merch he bought.

We reached out to Chris for comment on the eviction. So far, no word back.

Squiggy From ‘Laverne & Shirley’ Penny Marshall Gave Me My Big Break

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David Lander will forever be indebted to the late Penny Marshall, because the beloved actress and director gave him his first major role in Hollywood. 

David, who played Squiggy on the 1970s hit show “Laverne & Shirley,” tells TMZ … Penny fought hard to get David and Michael McKean cast on the show, helping convince show producers he was perfect for the part. 

David tells us Penny, who played the lead role, knew the producers would never let her put David and Michael on the show unless they saw them in character, so Penny arranged for them to perform as Lenny and Squiggy in front of 100 guests at a party she was throwing with then-husband Rob Reiner.

David says he and Michael did a comedy bit about Lenny and Squiggy going to vocational school to become butlers … there was some dirty humor, and the crowd loved it. Penny’s brother, famed director Garry Marshall, heard about the bit and called the following day, offering roles to David and Michael. 

David played Squiggy for all of the show’s 8 seasons, and he tells us Penny “had a tremendous impression on his life.”

We broke the story … Penny died Monday following complications from diabetes. She was 75.