‘Flash’ actor Ezra Miller pleads not guilty to liquor theft in Vermont
BENNINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Actor Ezra Miller pleaded not guilty on Monday to stealing booze from the home of a neighbor in Stamford, Vermont. The theft charges are the latest in a string of arrests and reports of erratic behavior by the actor that stretches from Hawaii to Vermont.
The Hollywood star has appeared in several feature films and TV series, and is best known for playing the “Flash.” A new film featuring that character is due out next May.
Miller, 30, appeared remotely for arraignment in Bennington on Monday, pleading not guilty to one felony charge of burglary into an occupied dwelling and one misdemeanor charge of petty larceny.
Miller accepted the conditions to not have any contact with the homeowner or go to the residence.
The homeowner said he had been friends with Miller for about 18 years and bought the home a year and a half ago in the town, where Miller had also purchased a home, according to the police affidavit. Miller was charged after police consulted surveillance footage and interviewed witnesses.
The Vermont burglary charges followed two arrests this year in Hawaii, including for disorderly conduct and harassment at a karaoke bar.
In August, Miller announced intentions to seek mental health treatment and apologized for their recent behavior.
We asked a legal analyst about the case. Vermont lawyer Jerry O’Neill says it’s up to the movie industry whether to continue to work with Miller. O’Neill says it’s possible the charge could be lowered to a misdemeanor.
“It’s very likely that there will be some kind of plea agreement. Likely would be something where he pleads guilty for a misdemeanor. It’s possible that the Bennington County state’s attorney would decide for whatever reason to dismiss the case entirely,” O’Neill said.
O’Neill says despite the actor’s fame, the court will surely intend to treat Miller just like any Vermonter through this case.
Miller is due back in court for the Vermont charges in January. If convicted, Miller faces a maximum of 26 years in prison.
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