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The Flash star Ezra Miller pleads not guilty to burglary charge

Ezra Miller pleads not guilty to a charge of burglary but faces a maximum of 26 years in prison.

By Emily Maskell

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Ezra Miller (Image: WikiCommons)

The Flash actor Ezra Miller has pleaded not guilty to breaking into a Vermont house and stealing alcohol in May.

Miller appeared remotely during their hearing at Bennington Criminal Court on Monday (17 October) where they face a felony charge of burglary into an occupied dwelling and one misdemeanour charge of petty larceny, the BBC reports. 

Miller’s lawyer, Lisa Shelkrot, said in a statement provided that her client “accepted the court-imposed conditions of not contacting or entering the home of the inhabitants”.

“Ezra would like to acknowledge the love and support they have received from their family and friends, who continue to be a vital presence in their ongoing mental health,” she added.

If convicted, the non-binary actor faces a maximum of 26 years in prison, the next hearing takes place on 13 January.

In August, it was reported Miller was seeking treatment for “complex mental health issues” following a string of controversies and arrests surrounding their behaviour. 

The 30-year-old Fantastic Beasts actor was arrested in Hawaii twice this year, for disorderly conduct and harassment at a karaoke bar.

Also this year, in June, reports surfaced that Miller had a temporary restraining order filed against them after the mother of a 12-year-old alleged the actor acted inappropriately towards their child and brandished a gun.

Another restraining order was filed against the actor by the parents of 18-year-old Tokata Iron Eyes, who allegedly met the actor when they were 12, but authorities were unable to “locate or serve” the actor.

Miller is the lead of the upcoming standalone film The Flash but their casting has been overshadowed by the actor’s troubling behaviour. 

Rumours were circulating that Miller could be dropped from he film due to these allegations and arrests, however, it now seems unlikely after Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav shared they were “very excited” about the film.

It was also recently alleged that Miller was back on set of The Flash filming pick-ups – the film is set for a 2023 release. 

Insecure actor Issa Rae recently stated that Miller represents a “microcosm of Hollywood” culture which protects abusers, in an interview with Variety.

“There’s this person who’s a repeat offender, who’s been behaving atrociously, and as opposed to shutting them down and shutting the production down, there’s an effort to save the movie and them,” Rae added.