Wellactor rom video laying hands on fans of accusations of forming a cult, Ezra Miller has been the subject of numerous stories of erratic behavior in recent years. On Monday, a week after it was charged with felony burglarythey released a statement to Diversity through a representative, apologizing and revealing that they will be seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues.”
“Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I suffer from complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” the statement read, “I want to apologize to everyone I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior . I am committed to doing the work necessary to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage of my life.”
The 29-year-old actor has been in the public eye for more than 20 years, starting in the entertainment industry at the age of 8 when they performed opera White raven in 2001 at Lincoln Center in New York. In 2012, they had a breakthrough role in the The Perks of being a Wallflower opposite Emma Watson and Logan Lerman. They appeared in more films as their star began to rise, breaking even further in 2016 when they played Creedence Barebone (Aurelius Dumbledore) in the first Fantastic animals film and first appeared in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) as The Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This character will have a much-anticipated solo film scheduled for release in June 2023 after several delays.
With their public personas overshadowing their acting projects, many have expressed concern over both Miller’s future in the industry and the fate of those projects. Here’s a timeline of how Miller got to this point in his career.
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The events culminating in Miller’s recent statement can be traced back to April 2020, when video surfaced, showing them putting their arms around the neck of a fan who approached them. “Did you want to fight?” they could be heard asking before the fan ended up on the floor. The woman in the video is talking to Diversity and said he felt it was “fun and games, but then it’s not.”
Another woman in Germany said she was harassed by Miller after a casual two-year friendship. The woman, who shared only her first name Nadia, said Diversity that she invited Miller to her apartment in Berlin after having consensual sex in 2020. When she told Miller they couldn’t smoke in her apartment, she said they became hostile. “I asked them to leave about 20 times, maybe more. They started insulting me. I’m a “transphobic piece of shit.” I am a “Nazi”. It became so, so stressful for me,” added Nadia.
“They went around my house, looked at everything, touched everything, spread tobacco leaves on the floor. It felt disgusting and very intrusive.
Miller took some time away from the public eye and then resurfaced, making national headlines in March 2022 when they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment after causing a disturbance at a karaoke bar in Hawaii. They pleaded that they had no competition. Judge ordered them to pay $500 fine and stay away from the karaoke bar.
They were in August charged with burglary in Vermont following an incident in May where police found that multiple bottles of alcohol had been stolen from a home while the home owners were away.
The nature of the allegations leveled against Miller became more insidious when it was reported that they had allegedly trained young followers and organized a sort of commune at an AirBnB in the Reykjavík suburb of Kopavogur. Source said Business Insiderin his extensive investigation of the embattled actor, “Between Miller’s impromptu commune, their monologues about spirituality and their emotional outbursts, rumors began to circulate in Reykjavík that the star led a cult.”
The story details the relationship between Miller and local activist Tokata Iron Eyes, whom Miller met when she was 12 years old. Miller invited Iron Eyes to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered when she was 14. In June 2022, her parents, concerned about the relationship, obtained a temporary order of protection that required Miller to stay away from their daughter. Insider reported that tribal documents accuse Miller of abusing Iron Eyes for years and trying to sleep in the same bed with her when she was 14. A source also told Insider that they saw Iron Eyes and Miller having sex in December 2021 Iron Eyes denied thisas well as the notion that Miller was grooming or abusing her when she spoke to Insider, calling the story a “disgusting and irresponsible smear campaign” against Miller.
A rolling stone reported in June 2022 that Miller had been housing a 25-year-old mother and her three children at their Vermont mansion since mid-April. According to the publication, two people expressed concern that the mansion was a dangerous environment for children. When the Vermont State Police attempted to “serve the mother with an emergency order that required the removal of the children from her care and from the home due to fear for their safety,” Miller told authorities last week that they hadn’t lived in the mansion for “months” — which authorities said was untrue.
What could this mean for Ezra Miller’s upcoming projects?
Ezra Miller as The Flash in Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Following in a successful path charted by the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros. began trying their hand at a franchise built around DC comics, beginning with Man of Steel in 2013 and beyond Batman v Superman in 2016. These big-cast superhero movies slowly introduce fan-favorite characters, in addition to some lesser-known ones, who will eventually fit into the larger Expanded Universe and receive top billing in individual movies telling their origin stories, among other things.
Miller’s character – Barry Allen, aka The Flash – first appeared in the comics in 1940 and in the DCEU in 2016. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although The lightning suffered numerous director changes and delays, Warner Bros. CEO Discovery David Zaslav said earlier this month that the studio is “committed to theatrical releases for a number of DC films, including The lightning.” They shot regular reshoots with the actor this summer.
Zaslav talked about the DC movies on an earnings call in early August and said, “We’ve been watching them. We think they’re great, and we think we can make them even better. Warner Bros. have yet to make a final decision on the fate of the $200 million film, but after Miller’s statement on Monday, they are expected to do so soon.
Miller also plays a young Salvador Dalí in the upcoming film about his life called Dallylandwhich is set to premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on September 17.
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