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Hilo couple files temporary restraining order against ‘The Flash’ actor Ezra Miller

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GRANT POLLARD/INVISION/AP / 2018
                                Actor Ezra Miller poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, at a central London cinema. Miller known for playing “The Flash” in “Justice League” films was arrested after a Sunday incident at a Hawaii island karaoke bar, where police say the actor yelled obscenities, grabbed a mic from a singing woman and lunged at a man playing darts.
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Actor Ezra Miller poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, at a central London cinema. Miller known for playing “The Flash” in “Justice League” films was arrested after a Sunday incident at a Hawaii island karaoke bar, where police say the actor yelled obscenities, grabbed a mic from a singing woman and lunged at a man playing darts.

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GRANT POLLARD/INVISION/AP / 2018
                                Actor Ezra Miller poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’, at a central London cinema. Miller known for playing “The Flash” in “Justice League” films was arrested after a Sunday incident at a Hawaii island karaoke bar, where police say the actor yelled obscenities, grabbed a mic from a singing woman and lunged at a man playing darts.

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Hours after getting arrested at Margarita Village, court records indicated a Hilo couple filed a petition Tuesday asking for a temporary restraining order against Ezra Miller for Monday’s incident.

Hawaii County police escorted Miller off a Hilo property after a resident called police asking for advice about removing two houseguests from his property, Hawaii County Police Assistant Chief Kenneth Quiocho told the Associated Press.

Miller burst into their bedroom and threatened them, the petition said.

The couple’s petition accuses Miller of stealing some of their belongings, including a passport and wallet.

Miller’s agent and lawyers didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment Tuesday.

The couple let Miller stay with them at a hostel, said Terry Prekaski, owner of the hostel.

She said when he arrived about five days ago, she had no idea who Miller was until other guests wanted to have their photos taken with the actor.

“He’s friendly and he makes people feel good,” Prekaski said. “He’s not a snob. He takes pictures with people.”

Miller’s Instagram says the actor prefers the pronouns they/them. Prekaski said she wasn’t aware of that.

She said she doesn’t know what happened between Miller and the couple. Another friend drove Miller to the Volcano area, she said.

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Actor Ezra Miller, who has prominent roles in the Justice League and Harry Potter “Fantastic Beasts” film franchises, was arrested for suspicion of disorderly conduct and harassment early Monday after allegedly becoming belligerent at a Hilo bar.

Miller took issue with people singing the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper ballad “Shallow,” at Margarita Village, a bar that mostly locals frequent in Hilo, late Sunday, Hawaii County Police Assistant Chief Kenneth Quiocho said.

Police said the 29-year-old actor became agitated while patrons at the bar were singing karaoke. Miller yelled obscenities and grabbed a microphone from a 23-year-old woman singing karaoke and later lunged at a 32-year-old man playing darts, according to police.

The song aggravated Miller, Quiocho told the Associated Press.

The bar owner asked Miller to calm down several times but the actor didn’t, police said.

Officers were summoned to the establishment on Silva Street at 11:30 p.m. Sunday and arrested Miller, who resides in Vermont, shortly after midnight on charges of disorderly conduct and harassment.

Miller was released after posting $500 bail.

Miller has been the source of police calls in Hilo 10 times since March 7, Quiocho said, adding it’s not clear how long Miller has been on the island.

They were “manini” incidents such as filming people at a gas station, refusing to leave the sidewalk area of a restaurant and arguing with people, Quiocho said.

“He’s an actor but he’s not like famous to me,” Quiocho said. “He’s not Ben Affleck, let’s put it that way.”

Police refer to Miller using the pronoun “he,” while Miller’s Instagram uses “they/them.”

Miller’s agent and lawyers didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment today.

Miller has the starring role in the superhero movie “The Flash,” due to be released in June 2023, and played the character in other Justice League movies.

The actor will also appear in “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” scheduled for release April 15.

In 2019 Miller went with friend Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman in the Justice League movies, to the Thirty Meter Telescope protest site and was photographed flashing the Mauna Kea triangle hand sign.


Associated Press reporters Jennifer Sinco Kelleher in Honolulu and Ryan Pearson in Los Angeles contributed to this report.


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