Actor Ezra Miller, who stars in the upcoming DC film “The Flash,” is seeking treatment for mental health matters, according to a statement issued to CNN by a representative. “Having recently gone through a time of intense crisis, I now understand that I am suffering from complex mental health issues and have begun ongoing treatment,” Miller said in the statement. “I want to apologize to everyone that I have alarmed and upset with my past behavior.” Miller—who uses they/them pronouns—added: “I am committed to doing the necessary work to get back to a healthy, safe and productive stage in my life.” Miller’s statement comes after a string of legal issues that kept the actor in the headlines and their future on the big screen in question. In March, Miller was arrested in Hilo, Hawaii, and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment after an incident at a bar, according to the Hawaii County Police Department.
After Miller’s arrest on suspicion of domestic violence, he was released on $500 bail and pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct, according to local police. He was also fined $500 for the disorderly conduct charge and had a harassment charge dropped. On April 19, Miller was arrested for second-degree assault after allegedly stealing alcohol from a home in Stamford, Vermont, while the owners were away. A state law enforcement agency said it has not pressed charges related to that alleged incident. And on August 9, the actor was cited for felony burglary after allegedly stealing alcohol from a home in Stamford, Vermont. Miller is scheduled to appear in court on September 26 for an arraignment on the burglary charge.
In light of the recent allegations against Miller, Warner Bros., the studio behind “The Flash,” has faced questions about whether or not he will remain in the role of Barry Allen/The Flash. Miller has previously appeared as Barry Allen/The Flash in multiple DC superhero films. The film slated for June 23, 2023 is set to be his first solo effort in the role. Earlier this month during an earnings call, Warner Bros. CEO Steve Burke praised “The Flash” and other upcoming projects, saying, “We are very excited about them.” This came after months of calls from comics enthusiasts for Miller to be replaced in the film by Grant Gustin, who portrays Barry Allen/The Flash in a series for the CW—a co-owner with Warner Bros.—which is set to conclude with its upcoming ninth season. It is unclear if Miller will appear on the big screen again; last year he was accused of sexual assault by actress Eliza Dushku and minor whose name was redacted from court documents. He denied those allegations at the time but issued a public apology after Dushku confirmed them in May 2019.