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Here's a breakdown of 'The Flash' star's recent controversies, including their multiple arrests
Ezra Miller first stepped onto the scene with their feature film debut in 2008's Afterschool and their breakout role in 2012's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but recently, The Flash actor's career has been overshadowed by their numerous public controversies.
Following a series of arrests for disorderly conduct and assault charges, the actor, who identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns, made a public statement apologizing for their past behavior and revealing that they are seeking treatment for "complex mental health issues."
"Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment," Miller said in a statement shared with PEOPLE via their rep on Aug. 15.
"I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life," Miller added.
The actor's statement came after reports that Warner Bros. was considering replacing Miller as the Flash in future D.C. Comics movies amid their mounting legal trouble.
However, during an interview on The Discourse podcast in May 2023, director Andy Muschietti said he has no plans to recast Miller in a potential The Flash sequel.
"I don’t think there’s anyone that can play that character as well as they did," he said.
The Flash film, which was completed before Miller's latest round of legal woes, is slated to hit theaters in June 2023 but has faced increasing controversy amid Miller's recent scandals.
Here's a breakdown of the actor's recent controversies.
June 2011: Ezra Miller is charged with marijuana possession
Just before Miller's breakout role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the actor was arrested and charged with marijuana possession on June 22, 2011, with police reporting that the actor was holding a "brown, vegetable material" during a routine traffic stop, per TMZ. However, that July, the publication reported that a New Jersey judge agreed to dismiss the possession charge, issuing two disorderly conduct citations.
April 2020: Ezra Miller appears to choke a woman outside a bar
In April 2020, a video surfaced online of Miller appearing to choke a woman at a bar in Reykjavik, Iceland. A source later confirmed to Variety that the incident was "a serious altercation at the bar" and that Miller was escorted off the premises as a result.
Two years after the incident, the woman from the clip shared her side of the story with Variety, saying that her banter with the actor about getting into a fight was meant as a "joke," but her friend appeared to antagonize the situation when he told Miller that he heard the actor didn't want to fight.
"My friend didn't have to say that," she told the outlet. "It was just a joke, obviously — but [Miller] took that literally and got super mad and came running outside."
January 2022: Ezra Miller delivers a cryptic message to the Ku Klux Klan
In a since-deleted Instagram video posted on Jan. 27, Miller appeared to threaten members of a Ku Klux Klan chapter in North Carolina.
"Look, if y'all want to die, I suggest just killing yourselves with your own guns. OK?" Miller said in the video, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Otherwise, keep doing exactly what you're doing right now — and you know what I am talking about — then, you know, we'll do it for you, if that's really what you want. Talk to you soon, OK. Bye."
Along with the video, Miller reportedly wrote in the caption, "Please disseminate (gross!) this video to all those whom it may concern. This is not a joke and even though I do recognize myself to be a clown please trust me and take this seriously. Let's save some live [sic] now ok babies? Love you like woah."
March 2022: Ezra Miller is charged with disorderly conduct and harassment
On March 28, Miller was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment over their alleged involvement in two separate incidents that happened at a karaoke bar in Hawaii.
According to a news release from the Hawaii Police Department, officers responded to the unnamed bar on Silva Street in Hilo on March 27 at around 11:30 p.m., after reports of disorderly conduct. Police say the actor got "agitated" by people singing karaoke at the bar and then started to use derogatory language.
"Miller began yelling obscenities and at one point grabbed the microphone from a 23-year-old woman singing karaoke and later lunged at a 32-year-old man playing darts," added the HPD. "The bar owner asked Miller to calm down several times."
That April, the actor pleaded no contest to the disorderly conduct charge in court via Zoom call, after which the judge sentenced Miller with a $500 fine. The judge also dismissed two additional counts against Miller "with prejudice," including a harassment charge from the same incident and a separate traffic-obstruction-related complaint.
March 2022: Ezra Miller gets a restraining order filed against them
On March 29, two Hilo residents filed for a temporary restraining order against Miller claiming that Miller harassed and threatened them, according to a court document obtained by PEOPLE.
The complaint alleged that Miller "burst into the bedroom of the petitioner(s) and threatened" the alleged male victim by "saying 'I will bury you and your slut wife.' " The document also claimed that Miller stole some of the alleged victims' personal belongings, including a social security card, wallet, passport, driver's license, and bank cards.
April 2022: Ezra Miller is arrested on a second-degree assault charge
Miller's legal trouble continued as the actor was arrested and charged with second-degree assault on April 19 after being found during a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 130 and Kukula Street in Kea'au, Hawaii, per police.
"During the course of their investigation, police determined that the individual, later identified as Ezra Miller, became irate after being asked to leave and reportedly threw a chair, striking a 26-year-old female on the forehead, resulting in an approximate half-inch cut," read the news release from the Hawaii Police Department.
June 2022: Ezra Miller is accused of grooming
According to court documents filed on June 7 in Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court and obtained by PEOPLE, attorney and activist Chase Iron Eyes and his pediatrician wife Sara Jumping Eagle claimed that Miller had been manipulating and controlling their daughter Tokata Iron Eyes, who uses she/they pronouns and goes by Gibson, since the two met at Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota back in 2016.
The parents claimed that Miller groomed their child from the age of 12 after taking "an immediate and apparently innocent liking" to them, adding that Miller exhibited a "pattern of corrupting a minor," allegedly drugging their child over the years and displaying "cult-like and psychologically manipulative, controlling behavior."
Gibson later issued a statement on Instagram, downplaying her parents' concerns and sharing that Miller "has only provided loving support and invaluable protection."
"I am now aware of the severity of emotional and psychological manipulation I was made to endure while in my parents home," read part of the message. "I am an adult and I deserve to feel authority in my own body." (Chase and Sara told PEOPLE their child doesn't have a phone and doubt whether they wrote the statement.)
June 2022: Another parent comes forward with allegations against Ezra Miller
Shortly after Chase Iron Eyes and Sara Jumping Eagle's court filing, another parent sought legal action following an incident with Miller. According to The Daily Beast, a mother from Greenfield, Massachusetts, and her child, now 12, were granted a temporary harassment prevention order against Miller after they alleged that the actor "menaced their family one evening in their downstairs neighbor's home and acted inappropriately toward" the minor. The actor deactivated their Instagram account shortly after the temporary harassment prevention order was granted.
August 2022: Ezra Miller is accused of burglary
After looking at surveillance footage and taking statements, police said they had "probable cause" to charge Miller "with the offense of felony burglary into an unoccupied dwelling."
The actor was later summoned to attend a court hearing in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on Sept. 26.
August 2022: Vermont State Police try to serve an emergency care order to a mother staying at Ezra Miller's home
Following previous reports in June that Miller was housing a 25-year-old woman and her three kids (who range in age from 1 to 5 years old) at the actor's Vermont farm, Vermont State Police tried to serve an emergency care order to the woman in August, requiring the kids to be taken away from the home and her care.
Miller, however, told them the mother and her children left two months ago and hadn't been back since, Rolling Stone reported. In court documents viewed by the publication, the Vermont State Attorney's office reportedly said Miller's response could've been to "evade" the emergency care order, and that the information about them being gone that long "contradicts information" they had.
August 2022: Ezra Miller reveals they're seeking treatment for "complex mental health issues"
On Aug. 15, Miller publicly addressed their recent troubling behavior in a statement to PEOPLE. "Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment," Miller said.
"I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior. I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life," the actor added.
Oct. 17, 2022: Ezra Miller pleads not guilty to burglary charge in Vermont
The actor appeared via video in a Bennington courtroom or an arraignment surrounding the August incident in which they faced charges after allegedly taking alcohol from a man's home in Stamford.
During the brief hearing, Miller's attorney entered not-guilty pleas on their behalf to one "felony count of burglary into an occupied dwelling," as well as a second "minor charge of petit larceny," the Bennington Banner reported.
Jan. 13, 2023: Ezra Miller pleads guilty to misdemeanor and begins 1-year probation
Miller and their lawyer attended a hearing in person at Vermont's Bennington County Superior Court, where Judge Kerry Ann McDonald-Cady reviewed the terms of a change-of-plea agreement and sentencing.
They pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in an agreement with prosecutors to drop two charges, including felony burglary and petit larceny, which were dismissed without prejudice — meaning the case is closed if the yearlong probation is not violated.
Rather than pursue a jury trial, Miller opted to plead guilty to misdemeanor unlawful trespass, admitting they were on the victim's property May 1, 2022, in Stamford, Vermont, without the owner's permission.
April 24, 2023: The Flash director addresses Ezra Miller's controversies
During a Q&A at the Warner Bros. lot, The Flash director Andy Muschietti and producer Barbara Muschietti spoke publicly about Miller's controversies. When asked how the actor is doing, Muschietti responded, "Ezra is well now. We're all hoping that they get better... They're taking the steps to recovery." He added of the actor, "They're dealing with mental health issues, but they're well. We talked to them not too long ago, and they're very committed to getting better."
May 2023: Director Andy Muschietti says he has no plans to recast Ezra Miller in future The Flash films
Muschietti isn't dropping Miller. During an interview on The Discourse podcast, the director shut down rumors about plans to recast the actor in any future The Flash sequels.
"I don’t think there’s anyone that can play that character as well as they did," Muschietti said. "The other depictions of the character are great, but this particular vision of the character, they just excelled in doing it."
June 12, 2023: Ezra Miller alludes to their recent controversies at The Flash premiere
On June 12, Miller made a rare public appearance as they attended the Los Angeles premiere of The Flash. During the premiere, the actor alluded to their recent legal woes as they addressed attendees at the event.
In particular, Miller acknowledged Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, Warner Bros. Film Group heads Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy and DC Studios stewards James Gunn and Peter Safran for “your grace and discernment and care in the context of my life. And in bringing this moment to fruition," according to Variety.
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