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Bail for Bale – Batman the Bizarre
Welsh-born actor Christian Bale has issued a statement denying allegations of assault made against him by his own mother and sister while he was in London for the European premiere of “The Dark Knight”, in which he plays Batman alongside the late Heath Ledger’s Joker.
He was at a London police station for around four hours on Tuesday answering questions about the alleged incident, and apparently escaped the waiting camera crews and paparazzi by whizzing out through the back entrance in a van with darkened windows.
Police have said that a 34-year-old has been released on bail and will be asked to return to a police station in September pending further enquiries. They didn’t name Bale, but the response was to a question about him and it is their way of confirming news about celebrities.
So now Bale is expected to join the cast and crew on red, or perhaps black carpets in Barcelona and Japan to promote the movie. There is little reason to think that the somewhat bizarre events in London will affect its performance in theatres. In fact, the publicity surrounding the arrest and questioning may actually heighten interest in a film already breaking box office records, in no small part due to the fascination surrounding Ledger’s acclaimed performance. He died of an accidental drug overdose shortly after completing the film.