More details have come out about the Christian Bale’s arrest, which wasn’t an arrest in the US sense in that’s what they always call it in Britain when they question someone. Bale voluntarily went in to talk to police today after his mother and sister reported an alleged assault almost a day after it happened.
The incident occurred at a London hotel on Sunday, Bale’s family reported it on Monday, and he went into the station today for what sounds like a scheduled appointment with officers there.
Bale denies that he assaulted anyone and says he fully cooperated with police and that no charges have been filed.
Christian Bale’s attorneys released a statement Tuesday denying assault allegations that led to the actor’s arrest in London:
“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,” the star’s lawyers said in the statement. “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.”
TMZ reports that Bale wasn’t charged with a physical assault, he was charged with Class 4 Assault, which is “verbal intent to cause alarm” under English law. [thanks MSat]
There’s been a lot of speculation about what actually happened of course, but we can’t point the finger at his family or at Bale without having more information. Many families have long standing problems and feuds and it’s difficult to know how this played out or if it’s just a false report for whatever reason. There are comments online that claim that his sister and mother were drunk and/or on drugs and were looking for money and recognition from Bale since he was in town. [Thanks Blunted]
We have no way of verifying if that’s true or if someone just made that up. As it is, it sounds like a family fight and a verbal one at that. If someone was hurt at all you assume that Bale would have been charged or they would have reported it sooner – no matter who is to blame.
Bale has been released on, um, bail. People reports that he is scheduled to return for more questioning in September. It sounds like standard procedure in this type of case, but I have no way of knowing that.
Christian Bale is shown last night, and his car is shown leaving the station today. Credit: WENN