T.J. Miller, Former 'Silicon Valley' Actor, Arrested For Alleged False Bomb Threat
Former Silicon Valley star T.J. Miller has been charged for calling in a false bomb threat on a train on its way to Connecticut.
Miller, 36, was arrested on Monday, April 9 at the LaGuardia Airport in New York, according to an official release from the attorney's office of Connecticut. He appeared before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer before getting released on a bail of $100,000.
The False Bomb Threat
According to the criminal complaint, the Deadpool actor, whose real name is Todd J. Miller, allegedly called a 911 dispatcher to report a female with a bomb in her bag, is on his Amtrak Train 2256 going from Washington D.C. to Penn Station in New York.
Amtrack investigators, who determined Miller was actually on the 2258 not the 2256, halted the Amtrack Train 2258 at the Green's Farms Station in Westport, Connecticut. Passengers had to step out of the train while the bomb squad searched for explosives. None were found inside the public transport.
An investigator reportedly called Miller who described a red-haired woman with a red scarf and a black carry on suitcase that she kept checking. According to Miller, the woman repeatedly asked about the next stop, seemingly planning to get off and leave the bag on the train.
The investigator, who detected Miller slurring his words, asked if the actor consumed alcohol on that day. Miller supposedly had a glass of red wine.
"Absolutely not," Miller responded, after getting asked if he had mental health problems. "This is the first time I've ever made a call like this before. I am worried for everyone on that train. Someone has to check that lady out."
When the Amtrack officers interviewed one of the train attendants, the attendant revealed that the actor appeared intoxicated upon boarding. He also had multiple drinks of alcohol on the train ride, before being removed for intoxication in New York.
Furthermore, the attendant stated that Miller and a female passenger exchanged hostile words in the First Class car. Investigators, who interviewed and searched the woman, determined that she was not carrying explosives. She also would not have been out of Miller's sight unless he goes out of his way to observe her.
The Federal Criminal Charge
The federal criminal complaint against Miller is for intentionally giving law enforcement false information.
However, John H. Durham, U.S. attorney for the district of Connecticut, stresses that a complaint does not necessarily equal guilt. He points out that charges are merely allegations.
If proven guilty, the charge has a maximum term of five years imprisonment.
T.J. Miller's Struggles
The actor has not spoken up about the charges against him, but since his arrest, he has went on Twitter to promote a comedy show in Philadelphia.
It has been a rough year for the funnyman Miller. His exit from HBO comedy Silicon Valley have been wrought with tales of his heavy drinking and penchant for delaying the show's production.
In December 2017, allegations of sexual assault also sprung up against Miller.
Miller stars in the Steven Spielgberg dystopian film Ready Player One, which is currently in theaters. He is also set to appear in the Deadpool sequel.