After months of clashes with the law and a PR crisis for Warner Bros. Flash star Ezra Miller has decided to seek treatment to counter a self-described “time of intense crisis.”
A week after the non-binary identifying Miller was charged with burglary by the Vermont Police Department, Justice League alum said in a statement today that “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.”
“I want to apologize to everyone I have alarmed and upset about my past behavior,” she added. “I am committed to doing the necessary work to return to a healthy, safe and productive phase of my life.”
Monday’s abrupt move follows at least two months of efforts by Miller’s longtime CAA agent, Warner Bros, and other close colleagues, friends and family to encourage them to seek help. Perhaps resounding, Miller received a subpoena on Aug. 7 to appear in the Bennington Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court on Sept. 26 for burglary charges.
While the planned release of the high-testing Flash June has never been in serious danger thus far, Miller’s flurry of altercations and questionable actions from Hawaii to Iceland to Germany and the Green Mountain State have left many wondering when the next fast shoe would drop. Knowing they wouldn’t have a $200 million film without Miller, who is in nearly every scene of the DC picture, Warner Bros. buyer has been talking to the actor and their reps for weeks about a more “proactive” mental health strategy for the performer.
“This isn’t about business, it’s about a human being who is clearly in pain,” an exec told Deadline tonight about the influence the David Zaslav-run company has tried to bring to Miller’s situation.
While the viral video of Miller apparently choking a female patron of a bar in Reykjavik in April never led to charges, the actor was arrested twice in America’s 50th state. An April arrest was for second-degree assault. As well as the Hawaiian and Vermont charges, Fantastic Beasts vet Miller has faced allegations of sexual abuse. There is also a temporary harassment prevention order that they received in recent months from a 12-year-old and a mother in Greenfield, MA after they claimed the actor threatened them. In addition, the parents of 18-year-old Tokata Iron Eyes filed a protective order against Miller, accusing them of grooming and brainwashing the teen — a state of affairs the girl in question has vehemently denied.
Miller first appeared as Barry Allen/The Flash in 2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Then they came in suicide squadwas featured in Justice Leagueand made a brief appearance in the peacekeeper final earlier this year with Aquaman (Jason Momoa). The big budgeted Andy Muschietti at the helm Flash wrapped up at the end of last year. Some recordings were made during the summer of this year, as the last post-production is coming to an end.
Variety first reported today the news of Miller’s mental health treatment decision.