UPDATE: Bale voluntarily turned himself into police and denies any assault allegations. Check inside at the bottom of the article for updates!
Batman star Christian Bale was arrested Tuesday over allegations of assaulting his mother and sister, police and British media said.
British media had reported that Bale’s mother and sister complained they were assaulted by the 34-year-old actor at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Sunday night, a day before the European premiere of his latest film, The Dark Knight.
The women made the allegation at a local police station in southern England on Monday, Britain’s Press Association news agency said.
Asked whether Bale had been arrested, a police spokesman did not refer to him by name but said: “A 34-year-old man attended a central London police station this morning by appointment and was arrested in connection with an allegation of assault.” He said the man was still in custody but gave no further details.
The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity because force policy did not authorize him to be identified. British police do not name suspects before they are formally charged.
U.S.-based representatives for Bale didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment. Repeated phone calls to Bale’s London representative went unanswered.
The Sun newspaper said police didn’t question the actor Monday because they didn’t want to interfere with the premiere of the movie.
Wales-born Bale first made a splash as the child star of Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun in 1987. His screen credits also include American Psycho, The Machinist, and Batman Begins.
In The Dark Knight, Bale reprises the role of wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego Batman, a brooding vigilante superhero still scarred by the murder of his parents.
The film, which stars the late Heath Ledger as Batman’s nemesis The Joker, took in a record $158.4 million at the box office in its opening weekend in the U.S. last week.
UPDATE: Batman star Christian Bale has denied assaulting his mother and sister after he was released from police custody on Tuesday.
Bale, 34, is alleged to have attacked his mother Jenny, 61, and sister Sharon, 40, at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Sunday night.
In a statement issued shortly after Bale’s release, a spokesperson for the star says: “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.
“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.”
The actor’s arrest came just hours after he attended the European premiere of his new Batman movie The Dark Knight in London’s Leicester Square on Monday, alongside stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sir Michael Caine.
According to reports, authorities did not attempt to arrest the star until after the high-profile event because they were certain Bale would not flee the country to resist arrest, adding that the lack of severity in the case did not warrant an immediate response.
The actor has reportedly been ordered by police to make a court appearance in September.
Credit: Associated Press