Fantastic Beasts star Ezra Miller arrested on suspicion of assault in Hawaii

The star ‘became irate’ after being asked to leave a private residence and reportedly threw a chair, which struck a woman

The Fantastic Beasts star Ezra Miller has been arrested on suspicion of assault in Hawaii, just weeks after police on the Big Island arrested the actor for disorderly conduct and assault.

The star, 29, also known for playing the Flash in Justice League films, “became irate” after being asked to leave a private residence and reportedly threw a chair, which struck a woman on the forehead, according to a statement from the Hawaii police department.

Police later arrested and released Miller during a traffic stop around 1.30am. The woman, 26, received treatment for a roughly half-inch cut on her forehead, police said.

The arrest comes as Miller faces charges of harassment and disorderly conduct after a March incident at a karaoke bar in which police said the actor grabbed a mic from a woman, and lunged at a man playing darts.

Arraignments for the karaoke bar arrest and a separate traffic case were scheduled for Tuesday. Miller was involved in a dispute in downtown Hilo last month in which police responded after the actor refused to leave the area and obstructed a sidewalk, said Kenneth Quiocho, the Hawaii police assistant chief.

Francis Alcain, Miller’s attorney, had requested Tuesday’s court hearing, previously scheduled for next week, be moved up, telling the court that the actor “has various time-sensitive work obligations in California and/or New York”, and needed an earlier hearing to resolve the issue. Alcain did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Associated Press.

The star’s legal troubles pose a threat to their career. Rolling Stone reported earlier this month that Warner Bros and DC executives held an emergency meeting after Miller’s first arrest in which they decided to pause any future projects with the actor.

Miller’s latest arrest comes days after the US release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, in which the actor is reprising their role of Credence Barebone. Miller, who was also in We Need to Talk About Kevin and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, stars in a standalone Flash film slated to be released in 2023.


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