The woman who ‘The Flash’ actor Ezra Miller appeared to place in a chokehold in an April 2020 viral video told Variety she thought their interaction was “just fun and games” at the beginning.
Speaking for the first time, the woman and a friend who was with her at the time – both of whom are not identified by Variety for their privacy – explained the conversation with Miller that led to the incident being caught on camera. . (While the video made headlines around the world, no charges were filed by authorities and neither Miller nor their representatives have ever made a statement about the encounter. Miller’s representatives have not did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.)
According to Variety’s report, Miller was talking to the woman inside Prikið Kaffihús, a bar in Reykjavík, Iceland that Miller frequented often at the time. As reported by Variety, Miller wore
, and the woman asked the actor about the injuries she could see on their feet. Miller told him they were “scars from a fight,” according to the report.
The woman said she started to pull away, but then turned around and told Miller, “But just so you know, I might take you into a fight.”
She said she thought it was a joke, but Miller reportedly replied, “Do you really want to fight?”
The woman, presumably still joking, then told Miller to “meet her in the smoking area in two minutes,” according to the report.
Another friend of the woman then approached Miller and said he heard the actor didn’t want the fight to happen.
“My friend didn’t have to say that,” the woman told Variety, adding that her friend’s comment “was just a joke, obviously,” but that Miller “took it at face value. , got angry and came running outside”. It was then that one of the woman’s friends started recording what was happening.
“I think it’s just fun and games – but it wasn’t,” the woman told Variety. She said Miller suddenly found himself “on top of me, choking me, still screaming in my face if I want to fight.”
At that time, the woman recalled that her friend had stopped filming because Miller “obviously wasn’t kidding and it’s actually serious”, and allegedly pushed the actor off the woman. The woman said two of her male friends held Miller down as Miller yelled at her, “That’s what you wanted! That’s what you wanted!”
Variety confirmed details of the event with three friends of the woman and a Prikið Kaffihús bartender named Carlos Reynir, who was early for his shift and outside the bar when the fight took place. Reynir told Variety he ran to break up the altercation when he saw it was “going around in circles.”
According to Reynir, Miller grabbed him by the throat as he tried to drag the actor out through a backdoor. Miller refused to leave, telling Reynir that one of the woman’s friends pushed them and incited their behavior, according to Variety. Reynir told the publication that the woman’s friends did not push Miller.
“They spat in my face several times, so with the last push I closed and locked the door,” he recalled.
Miller also allegedly spat in the face of the woman’s friend “several times” at the time. The alleged incident happened in the days before the pandemic vaccination.
After Reynir pulled Miller out of the bar and locked the front and back doors, he said the actor then ran around the perimeter of the building “knocking on the door and screaming to be let in,” per Variety. Eventually some of Miller’s friends stopped by the bar to pick them up and the car drove off.
Variety corroborated Reynir’s account of the incident with three other sources, including Prikið Kaffihús management, according to the report.
The woman who accused Miller of placing her in the chokehold reported the incident to police at the time, as confirmed by Variety, but she has not filed a complaint.
The woman’s story is the latest account of Miller’s controversial behavior over the past few years. In the same report, Variety also spoke to a former friend of Miller’s who claims he called her a “Nazi” and “transphobic shit” and behaved threateningly when she asked them not to smoke at home. her during a visit.
In June, Insider reported that Miller had been charged with grooming a teenager, and law enforcement officials said the actor could not be located to be served with legal papers. The actor was also arrested for disorderly conduct while at a karaoke bar in Hawaii in March. Miller later pleaded no contest and was fined $500, People reported.
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