Former Silicon Valley star and Deadpool actor T.J. Miller has been arrested and charged after he called in a false bomb threat from an Amtrak train. Miller, who no longer appears on Silicon Valley, was also accused of sexual assault in December 2017.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, Miller was arrested on Monday, April 9 at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. He was charged in a federal criminal complaint “with intentionally conveying to law enforcement false information about an explosive device.”
Miller appeared today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven, Connecticut on Tuesday, April 10 and was released on a $100,000 bond. The charge Miller faces carries a maximum term of five years in prison.
According to federal prosecutors, on March 18, Miller called a 911 dispatcher in New Jersey and reported that he was on Amtrak Train 2256 traveling from Washington, D.C., toward Penn Station in New York City, and that a female passenger “has a bomb in her bag.” Miller described the woman as having brown hair and a scarf. Amtrak officials stopped the train at Green’s Farms Station in Westport, Connecticut. Passengers were taken off the train and bomb squad members did a search but no explosive device or materials were found.
The complaint goes on to allege an investigator contacted Miller by phone. This time Miller described the woman differently as having red hair and a red scarf and carrying a “black bag carry-on suitcase with a handle.” He said she kept checking her bag without taking anything out; kept asking the First Class attendant what the next stop was, and seemed to want to get off the train and leave her bag behind.
According to the complaint, the officer detected slurring in Miller’s voice and asked if he had consumed alcohol that day. Miller replied that he had consumed “one glass of red wine.” Asked if he suffered from mental illness, Miller replied “no, absolutely not. 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.”
Reports indicate that Miller’s case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Connecticut State Police, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, Amtrak Police Department and Westport Police Department.
Miller, who recently left HBO’s Silicon Valley in a “mutual agreement”, will appear in the upcoming Deadpool 2.