Ezra Miller Claims They Were "Unjustly Targeted" After Judge Lifts Harassment Order
The Flash star has made headlines for multiple arrests and accusations.
Over the past couple of years, The Flash star Ezra Miller (who uses they/them pronouns) has made numerous headlines for multiple arrests and reports of erratic behavior. Amid the June release and promotion of the DC movie, its 30-year-old lead has been quiet and kept mostly out of the spotlight. But now, following a judge dropping a harassment order against them, Miller has spoken out about what they claim was an "egregious misuse" of the justice system. The controversial actor also said that they were "unjustly and directly targeted" by the mother of a 12-year old with whom they were accused of interacting inappropriately. Read on to learn more about Miller's various legal issues.
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A harassment order against Miller was recently dropped.
On Friday, June 30, a judge dropped a temporary harassment order that had been filed against Miller. The order was filed in Massachusetts in June 2022 by Shannon Guin. Guin claimed that Miller behaved inappropriately with her 12-year-old child. As reported by Page Six, they faced no criminal charges in regard to their interactions with the unnamed minor.
Miller met Guin and her child through a mutual friend. Guin, the child, and others present spoke with The Daily Beast about Miller's alleged harassment. The mother claimed that Miller returned to bother her and her child on multiple occasions over a few months.
Miller called Guin "manipulative" following the judge's decision.
In a statement posted to Instagram after the judge lifted the order, Miller wrote, "I'm encouraged by today's outcome and very grateful at this moment to everyone who has stood beside me and sought to ensure that this egregious misuse of the protective order system was halted."
The Fantastic Beasts star added that they were "unjustly and directly targeted by an individual who the facts have shown has a history of such manipulative and destructive action." They also said that these orders aren't mean to be used as a "weapon by those seeking attention or fleeting tabloid fame or some sort of personal vengeance."
Miller's lawyer, Marissa Elkins, said in a statement (via Deadline), "The original order, pursued by Shannon Guin, on behalf of her minor child, was based on untrue allegations. Frustratingly for Ezra, Guin lodged her false allegations at a time when Ezra was struggling with significant mental health issues, and was unable to come to court to defend themself against the spurious claims made by this individual."
Elkins also asserted that Miller's interactions with Guin were "entirely initiated by her, exceedingly brief, and absolutely did not involve any inappropriate interaction with her child."
Miller has faced other accusations regarding minors.
Guin's child is not the only minor with whom Miller is alleged to have acted inappropriately. They also faced similar accusations in North Dakota, in which the parents of Tokata Iron Eyes filed an order of protection against Miller, claiming that they used "violence, intimidation, threat of violence, fear, paranoia, delusions, and drugs to hold sway over" Iron Eyes, who was then a minor. They also claimed that Miller encouraged Iron Eyes to come out as nonbinary and transgender and supplied them with drugs and alcohol.
Iron Eyes, now an adult, denied the claims made by their parents to Insider in August 2022.
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They've been arrested for erratic and allegedly violent behavior.
Miller's history of legal issues and questionable behavior includes an arrest in Hawaii in March 2022 with charges of disorderly conduct and harassment in connection to a conflict at a karaoke bar. They were later sentenced to pay a $500 fine.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower star also allegedly stole from a couple with whom they were staying with in Hawaii, and the couple filed a temporary restraining order against the actor. Miller was arrested after allegedly throwing a chair at someone, as well. It was reported that the actor was the subject of 10 calls to 911 in one month in Hawaii.
Then, in August 2022, Miller was arrested in Vermont for allegedly stealing alcohol from a home. They accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge while charges of burglary and larceny were dropped, as reported by NBC News.
Reports related to Miller's disruptive actions date back to 2020. That year, a video circulated of them appearing to choke a woman in Iceland. A representative for the actor told Vanity Fair that Miller had been baited by "a group of teens" regarding their martial arts skills, and that the incident was "a spontaneous reaction." The woman in the video shared her side of the story with Variety, saying, "I think it's just fun and games—but then it wasn't."
Miller said they were suffering from "complex mental health issues."
In August 2022, Miller addressed their arrests and said that they were seeking mental health treatment.
"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 (via Variety). "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."
In her June 30 statement about Guin's order against Miller being dropped, Elkins said, "After one year of intensive, ongoing mental health therapy, Ezra is doing much better."
Miller thanked the executives behind The Flash for supporting them.
Despite all of Miller's legal woes, The Flash was still released in June 2023. Miller did not participate in the press tour for the film, but did appear at the premiere. In a speech, they thanked executives at Warner Bros. for their "grace and discernment and care in the context of [their] life and in bringing this moment to fruition," as reported by Deadline.