Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Christian Bale Releases Statement After Arrest In London Tuesday

Christian Bale's attorneys released a statement Tuesday denying assault allegations that led to the actor's arrest in London:

"Christian Bale attended a London police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister," the star's lawyers said in the statement. "Mr. Bale who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the police. At this time, there will be no further comment by Mr. Bale."

Christian, 34, was arrested in the Belgravia precinct station on Tuesday for a Sunday incident in which he allegedly lashed out at his mother, Jenny, 61, and sister Sharon, 40, at London's Dorchester Hotel. He was staying at the hotel before Monday's U.K. premiere of The Dark Knight. According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, the women reported the incident in Hampshire on Monday, and the case was turned over to London officers.

Christian was released later Tuesday with a 10-man police escort, in a blacked-out silver Mercedes people carrier. Christian is to return to police in September, pending further inquiry, a police spokesperson tells PEOPLE. It is a policy in England to arrest a suspect before questioning him in connection to a possible crime. Christian has not been formally charged. He is scheduled to be in Barcelona on Thursday for the record-breaking film's Spanish-language premiere.

Source: www.people.com