Christian Bale arrested and released for “verbal assault”

Posted by · 9:42 am · July 22nd, 2008

Christian Bale leaves Belgravia Police Station in central LondonFINAL UPDATE (12:02 p.m.): TMZ.com (I know — I’m sorry) has a post up that has slipped through the cracks indicating that the “assault” was in fact a “verbal assault,” indicating that sucha thing is a crime in England with multiple classes. I must have been guilty of a crime every night at the pub this spring, but oh well.

They’ve also posted this video of Bale on a UK talk show from Monday, seemingly with much more serious things on his mind.

This is the last time I’m updating this post. The whole thing seems to have been blown somewhat out of proportion (I’m certainly a part of that frenzy — obviously) and it’s best to let it lie until we get a full version of the facts.

EARLIER (11:08 a.m.): Thanks to reader Casey, who points us to this People.com story including a statement from Bale’s attorney and a denial of the allegations from the actor:

“Christian Bale attended a London police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister,” the star’s lawyers said in the statement. “Mr. Bale who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the police. At this time, there will be no further comment by Mr. Bale.”

EARLIER STILL: By now, many of you may have come across the Christian Bale story that is erupting out of London this morning. As far as I can tell, the Associated Press went to press first (picked up by Variety here).

In a nutshell, the “Dark Knight” star was accused of (not charged with) assaulting his mother, Jenny, 61, and sister, Sharon, 40, just prior to the London premiere of the film. He was held for more than four hours by Scotland Yard and, according to The Sun, he was “released on bail to a date in September pending further inquiries.”

Obviously this is a very cloudy situation at the moment full of indications that could easily be bigger on the page than they are in reality. Apparently the incident occurred two days ago, but police allowed Bale to attend the premiere of the film last night in Leicester Square.

I agree with David Poland’s sentiments, which speak to the question mark nature of a story with far too many holes at the moment:

What does “assault” mean? What kind of confrontation led to the conflict? What drives family members to a place where they will go to the police, knowing that their family member, a public figure, will be dragged through the mud, perhaps for teh [sic] rest of his life?

And personally, I feel like headlines such as “Did Batman beat up his mother and sister?” (EDIT: since changed to “assault”), while accurate on the face (in so far as the question), and certainly controversial (gotta amp up that traffic), are somewhat disrespectful.

Ditto good journalists jumping to conclusions.

Just me…




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  • 1 7-22-2008 at 10:07 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Weird….

    The fact that Scotland Yard released Bale probably means that whatever happened wasn’t all that “major.” So, if that’s the case, it seems very odd that Bale’s family would make this allegation since such an allegation could haunt Bale for the rest of his career, perhaps ruin it to some extent. I mean, look at all that uproar that Russel Crowe received for throwing a telephone. Bale’s situation doesn’t even compare.

    It’s worth noting that Bale has seemed a bit off in all of the TDK press interviews – gloomy, short, not really wanting to be there kind of thing. More facts need to come out.

  • 2 7-22-2008 at 10:19 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Arguing over a long-running family dispute…

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/2445620/Batma%20%20%20n-actor-Christian-Bale-released-after-assault-allegation-arrest.html

  • 3 7-22-2008 at 10:52 am

    Xavi Rodriguez said...

    I gonna heard the real facts of the incident, because is true that Bale’s excelent career would be affected, even ruined. If is true that he’s guilty and the accusations are true; he deserves the punishment doesn’t matter is he’s a great actor (I still considerate that), or if her sister or her mother are liars and want money, they deserve the punishment (Unfortunally Bale is a megastar, maybe the ultimate british megastar right now and wouldn’t the first time that a family became the star’s worst enemy).

    But is curious that all this bad publicity could get a real effect just right now, with the sucessful film release of one of the most important films of the year

  • 4 7-22-2008 at 11:03 am

    Casey said...

    His lawyers released a statement… taken from People.com via imdb…
    “Christian Bale attended a London police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister,” the star’s lawyers said in the statement. “Mr. Bale who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the police. At this time, there will be no further comment by Mr. Bale.”

  • 5 7-22-2008 at 11:24 am

    Jon said...

    Rumor is a “verbal assault”.

  • 6 7-22-2008 at 4:38 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I didn’t want to post this as a separate entry because it is obviously unverified and I want this to be over until the facts emerge, but I’ll post it here.

    From “edna,” a commenter at Just Jared:

    “His mom and sister are alcoholics and drug addicts, they showed up at his hotel uninvited and highly intoxicated. they were calling him big shot and that he needs to take care of his own. His mom was yelling that he would be nothing without her and he owed her. His sister was begging for money and when he was pushing her toward the door his mother came from behind and started hitting him on his head and kicking him. He managed to push them both out the door and his mom fell, they called the police and wanted him arrested. I believe that Chirstian [sic] is the victim here not his mom or sister…My father works security at the hotel, and he said it was a mess. His mom and sister wanted the front desk worker to let them into his room to wait for him. When they were told no they started cussing and yelling. they sat in front of his door for an hour until he finally arrived.”