A mother in the US has been granted a temporary protection order on behalf of her 12-year-old child against Ezra Miller, the 29-year-old actor who stars in the upcoming superhero movie The Flash.
The court order “was issued without advance notice because the Court determined that there is a substantial likelihood of immediate danger of harassment”.
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The order was issued on Wednesday by the Greenfield District Court in Massachusetts.
It contains no allegations against Miller, who is best known for the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
The Massachusetts mother, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said she and her child met Miller in February through an acquaintance.
She said Miller at first seemed friendly but that she soon grew suspicious of Miller’s relationship with her child.
She said she told the judge that Miller offered to buy her child gifts, including a horse, even after she rejected Miller’s earlier offers.
“I kept wondering why Ezra was here. Like, don’t you have Hollywood stuff to do? Don’t you have movies coming out?” she said.
Series of allegations
The Massachusetts order of protection, first reported by The Daily Beastadds to what is now a three-month series of allegations directed at Miller.
The claims started with disorderly conduct charges in Hawaii and have since grown to include charges of child grooming.
The allegations against Miller have prompted furore online, pitting Miller’s fans against people calling for the authorities and film studio Warner Bros to take action.
Miller, who identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns they and them, has been a rising movie star for more than a decade, with the starring role in The Flash set to become the actor’s most high-profile role.
variety reported that, as of June 2, Warner Bros intended to release The Flash with Miller in 2023 as planned.
Miller and their representatives did not respond to repeated requests for comment, and Miller has not otherwise responded to the grooming allegations.
Representatives for Warner Bros have not responded to requests for comment.
Miller has been arrested twice this year, both times in Hawaii, on charges of disorderly conduct and second-degree assault.
Miller was released from jail on $500 bond after the first arrest and pleaded no contest to one count of disorderly conduct, paying a $500 fine.
A couple in Hawaii had petitioned for a temporary restraining order against Miller in March.
They had accused the actor of bursting into their bedroom and stealing personal records, including a passport and wallet, after staying with the couple.
Weeks later, the couple voluntarily dropped the order.
During that time, Miller routinely posted pictures on Instagram with a group of people that included Tokata Iron Eyes, an 18-year-old nonbinary person.
According to legal documents filed in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court, Tokata Iron Eyes has known Miller since age 12.
Last Thursday, Miller’s verified Instagram account was deactivated. Instagram has confirmed that it did not remove the account.
Chase Iron Eyes is a lawyer and well-known Indigenous environmental activist who is Tokata’s father.
He filed for a protection order against Miller in early June, according to TMZ.
The order was lodged in an effort to end what Iron Eyes described to the court as an abusive relationship between Miller and Tokata, that he alleges has escalated in recent months.
On June 7, the court granted an interim order that asks Miller to cease contact with the Iron Eyes family, including Tokata, and to not go within 100 yards (91 meters) of the Iron Eyes’ residence.
The judge has scheduled a hearing on the petition for July 12.
Chase Iron Eyes has told NBC News that Tokata has been with Miller for several months.
He said police in Vermont had tried to serve Tokata with an order for a substance abuse and mental health evaluation that was granted by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court.
NBC News has viewed a “statement of nonservice” from the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department in Vermont that says attempts were made to serve Tokata three times.
Chase Iron Eyes told the court he has had intermittent contact with Miller and Tokata during this time.
He says the communications have led him to believe that Miller has physically and psychologically abused Tokata.
Iron Eyes wrote in his petition for the protection order that he had retrieved Tokata from Miller’s residence in early 2020 after Miller told him that they had given Tokata LSD.
Iron Eyes wrote that he observed bruises on Tokata’s body before Tokata reunited with Miller, who Tokata has been traveling with since.
Tokata’s public response
Tokata has responded publicly to their parents’ claims in a statement and video posted on Instagram.
The statement says, “My choices are my own, and as to the nature of police intervention in my ‘case’, it is unnecessary and it is a waste of time and resource.”
The video features only Tokata, who says, “Nobody is controlling my Instagram account.”
The same Instagram account responded to a direct message from NBC News with an email address, but an email sent to the account was not answered.
Iron Eyes wrote in the petition for a protection order that Tokata first met Miller in 2012, when the actor appeared with Indigenous protesters as part of the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline movement.
Four years later, when Tokata was 12, Chase said they met Miller while appearing with other young activists.
In the same petition, Iron Eyes said Miller continued to develop a relationship with Tokata over the next six years, including visits to movie sets.
Iron Eyes said Tokata dropped out of school after turning 18 and moved in with Miller.
The petition for a protection order says Miller abandoned Tokata in Hawaii without menstrual products.
Iron Eyes said Miller’s fanbase had been persistent in creating a narrative that he and his wife are transphobic and are trying to force their child into “conversion therapy”.
Iron Eyes said he and his wife have a long history of supporting LGBTQ people and recognize nonbinary identities in Indigenous culture.
“Tokata is not the only nonbinary child in our family,” Iron Eyes said.
“Tokata would know we’ve been nothing but open and empowering.”