In the past few months, Ezra Miller has been arrested twice and accused of multiple instances of physical assault as well as brainwashing 18-year-old activist Gibson (formerly Tokata) Iron Eyes and keeping them from their parents. In June, another allegation surfaced after a courthouse issued a temporary harassment-prevention order against Miller on behalf of a mother and her 12-year-old child, and Miller was charged with felony burglary in August stemming from an incident where they allegedly broke into someone’s home and stole bottles of alcohol.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is reportedly thinking about dropping Miller from their starring role in The Flash, which is planned for a 2023 release. Here’s what you need to know.
Miller has been accused of assault before.
Allegations of violence have surrounded Miller since April 2020, when a video that appeared to show Miller choking a woman went viral. The incident took place in a bar in Iceland, and while the cops were not called, TMZ reported that Miller was asked to leave the bar. In an interview published June 30, the woman spoke with Variety. “I think it’s just fun and games — but then it wasn’t,” she recalled of the incident, which she says started after she asked the actor how they’d gotten the wounds on their feet (Miller was wearing flip-flops at the time). Miller said the marks came from a fight, and that led to the pair joking — or so the woman thought — about who could take the other if they brawled. The woman still thought Miller was joking when they approached her outside the bar. “All of a sudden, [they’re] on top of me, choking me, still screaming in my face if I want to fight.”
Her friends, she said, pulled the actor off, and the bartender, Carlos Reynir, intervened. Reynir told Variety that Miller grabbed him by the throat when he tried to throw them out. Miller “tells me they’re not leaving,” Reynir recounted. “They proceeded to spit in my face several times, so with the final push, I closed and locked the door.”
Earlier this year, Miller was arrested twice in Hawaii, first in March for disorderly conduct and harassment at a karaoke bar and again in April for second-degree assault after they allegedly threw a chair at a 26-year-old woman in a private residence. Miller posted bail on both occasions and was released but was charged for at least one of the incidents, and Hawaii police said in April that its investigation was ongoing. Also in April, an unnamed couple filed and then dismissed a temporary restraining order against Miller, claiming that the actor, who had stayed with them in Hawaii, burst into their bedroom and threatened them. “I will bury you and your slut wife,” Miller allegedly told the male victim. The couple claimed that Miller had also stolen personal belongings including a Social Security card, a passport, and credit cards.
Gibson Iron Eyes’ parents accuse Miller of abuse.
In June, Sara Jumping Eagle and Chase Iron Eyes sought a protective order from Miller on behalf of Gibson Iron Eyes, an 18-year-old who had reportedly been living with Miller since December 2021. As originally reported by TMZ, the couple allege that Miller met the family during protests at the Standing Rock Reservation in 2016, when Gibson was just 12 years old. From then, Miller and Gibson developed a friendship. In 2017, the parents claim, Miller flew Gibson, then 14, and a chaperone to London to visit the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
In the years that followed, Gibson’s parents claim that Miller convinced them to send Gibson to Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts and said they would pay tuition through a foundation, an offer they claim Miller used “to create a sense of indebtedness.” They allege in legal documents that Miller provided Gibson with alcohol and drugs, including LSD, marijuana, and ketamine, and physically abused them. In December 2021, Gibson’s parents say they flew to Vermont to check on Gibson at Miller’s home after Gibson dropped out of school only to find that Gibson didn’t have their driver’s license, car keys, or ATM card. The filing also claims Gibson’s parents found bruises on their body inflicted by Miller. Jumping Eagle and Iron Eyes allegedly took Gibson home for three weeks but say Gibson then fled to New York to reunite with Miller. They believe Gibson has been traveling with Miller since then, including on the Hawaii trip where Miller was arrested. Other legal documents say the court hasn’t been able to find Miller to serve the order.
Gibson seemingly denied these claims in an unverified Instagram post on June 5, calling the reports about Miller a “tragedy.” A written statement on the account claimed that Miller had been helping Gibson through the loss of a friend, saying that they had “only provided loving support and invaluable protection throughout this period of loss.”
The statement claimed it was actually Gibson’s parents who were guilty of “emotional and psychological manipulation” and called any law-enforcement involvement in this case “a waste of time and resources.” It concluded by calling the actions of Gibson’s parents “blatant betrayal.” In response, Jumping Eagle and Iron Eyes told People they were unsure if Gibson even had access to a phone, let alone Instagram. And a few days later, on Twitter, Jumping Eagle said Miller had “brainwashed” Gibson and was “perpetuating cult-like behaviors and emotional abuse.” She also claimed that Miller had limited Gibson’s phone usage, writing, “Ezra ‘allows’ Tokata use Ezra’s phone w/ Ezra control.”
After people questioned the authenticity of Gibson’s Instagram statement, they posted a video to the same account to defend it. “Nobody is controlling my Instagram account. I don’t have a phone right now out of my own personal conviction,” they said, calling it “distressing” that “the narrative of the ‘victim in question’ is not being granted any trust.”
“It’s nobody’s business,” they added. “This is my life. These are my decisions. And I’m disappointed in my parents and the press.”
Shortly after Gibson posted the video, their uncle, Chief Bear Cross, who claimed he hosted Gibson and Miller in December 2021, released a detailed account of his experience with Miller. Speaking with Last Real Indians, Chief claimed that Miller told him they were smoking marijuana with ketamine, brought a gun into his home, and was constantly surveilling Gibson.
An unnamed mother and her 12-year-old child are granted an order of protection against Miller, claiming the actor threatened them with a gun.
About a week after news broke of Jumping Eagle and Iron Eyes’ order of protection, an unnamed mother and her 12-year-old child in Greenfield, Massachusetts, were granted a temporary harassment prevention order against Miller. According to the Daily Beast, which reviewed the signed order and spoke with the mother, her child, and a neighbor, Miller threatened the family and acted inappropriately toward their child, who is nonbinary. They say Miller, who shared a mutual friend with the neighbor, had several outbursts while in the neighbor’s home the evening of February 2. At some point, they say, Miller became fixated on the 12-year-old, complimenting them excessively and moving their chair closer, which the child says made them “really uncomfortable” and “scared.” Both adults say they noticed Miller’s eyes were dilated and they were wearing a bulletproof vest. Eventually, they say, Miller apologized but returned to the house three times over the next few months, at one point hugging the child, which they also found uncomfortable.
A man claims his three children and their mother are living in unsafe conditions on Miller’s farm.
On June 23, Rolling Stone reported that a 25-year-old mother and her three young kids (ages 1 to 5) have been living on Miller’s 96-acre farm in Stamford, Vermont, in unsafe conditions for the past few months. According to the report, Miller met the woman in March in Hilo, Hawaii — the same trip on which Gibson joined them and during which they were arrested twice for assault and disorderly conduct. The children’s father says Miller flew his family out of Hawaii without notifying him and that he hasn’t been able to see or speak to them since they left.
Two other unnamed sources, who seem to have been in the house with the children at some point, claim they’re living in unsafe conditions and that there are unattended weapons in the house. The father says he has asked local police and the state’s Department for Children and Families to intervene but that police were unresponsive and a social worker who visited the house in mid-May didn’t see anything wrong.
The woman living on Miller’s farm denied the father’s claims to Rolling Stone, which appears to have spoken with her directly. She told the magazine Miller helped her leave a “violent and abusive ex” and that the farm is “a healing haven” for her and her children, who she believes are perfectly safe there. Miller “may have firearms for self-defense,” she said, but they’re “stored in a part of the house that the children never go in.” She continued, “My kids are able to relax more into their healing because of the safety and nurturing Ezra has been providing for them.” The father denies that he was abusive. As of June 20, Rolling Stone says, the mother was still posting pictures on Instagram from the farm.
A woman in Germany has accused Miller of harassment.
Speaking to Variety, a woman who identified herself as Nadia said Miller displayed alarming behavior while visiting her Berlin apartment in February 2022. Nadia said she had been friends with Miller for two years but hadn’t seen them in person since the pair had had sex in 2020. She invited Miller over and says their mood changed abruptly when she asked them not to smoke inside. “That just set them off,” Nadia said. “I asked them to leave about 20 times, maybe more. They started insulting me. I’m a ‘transphobic piece of shit.’ I’m a ‘Nazi.’ It became so, so stressful for me. They were going around my house, looking at everything, touching everything, spreading tobacco leaves on the floor. It felt disgusting and very intrusive.”
While Nadia clarified that she did not believe Miller would sexually assault her, she still feared they “could somehow attack me physically.” Five people Nadia spoke with after the incident confirmed her account, and in April, she filed a criminal complaint. “I totally felt unsafe,” she told Variety.
A new report detailed allegations of grooming and manipulation.
A new in-depth report from Business Insider shed more light on Miller’s alleged behavior during their time in Iceland in 2020, including local rumors that the actor had started a cult. According to the report, Miller stayed at an Airbnb, where they invited artists and other young people to join them. Unnamed witnesses who spoke with Insider claimed that Miller would hold court with their guests every day and “alluded to possessing supernatural powers.”
Another young woman quoted in the story claimed that she met Miller during a kind of musical retreat organized by the actor. She was there for almost a week, during which she alleged Miller was psychologically abusive and “super manipulative.”
The report also included detailed allegations from Oliver Ignatius, identified as a former music collaborator of Miller’s. Ignatius alleged that he witnessed Miller’s controlling demeanor toward Gibson, which included the actor’s insistence that they change her name from Tokata to Gibson. Gibson denied the allegations. Ignatius further alleged that Miller took Gibson’s phone once they returned to Vermont in May and yelled at her for wearing makeup. Gibson, however, pushed back on the allegations, telling Insider, “That was queer dialogue about a badly applied rouge on my part, which I appreciated. I think the fact that a catty comment made by a queer person about makeup being considered abuse is actually quite homophobic rhetoric.”
Rosie D’Ercole, a 24-year-old fashion designer and yoga teacher, also defended Miller in the article. Responding to claims from Ignatius that Miller yelled at her for putting a feather in her hair while on a beach in Hawaii, allegedly accusing her of appropriating Native American culture, she called Ignatius’s claims “drastically overexaggerated.” Her email continued, “Ezra has done nothing other than try to protect people close to them despite the onslaught of press and defamation.”
Gibson also confirmed to Insider that Miller has been wearing a bulletproof vest in recent months, calling it “a fashionable safety measure in response to actual attacks and death threats.”
Miller has been charged with felony burglary in Vermont.
According to a Vermont State Police report reviewed by Variety, Miller has been charged with felony burglary in Stamford, Vermont. The charges reportedly stem from an incident on May 1, when police responded to a burglary complaint in Stamford and found that several bottles of alcohol had been taken from the home while the residents were out.
Police weren’t able to locate Miller until Sunday, when they were issued a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court on September 26.
The Cut has reached out to Miller’s representation for comment and will update if we hear back.
This post has been updated.