Batman star Christian Bale was arrested in London after a complaint was filed at a local police station in Southern England on Monday, which was passed on to Metropolitan Police in London.
Bale allegedly lashed out at his mother Jenny, 61, and sister Sharon, 40, on Sunday at London’s Dorchester hotel. Although the complaint was filed Monday afternoon, police allowed the actor to attend that night’s U.K. premiere of The Dark Knight. He was, however, taken into custody for questioning on Tuesday.
A police spokeswoman said, “A 34-year-old man attended a central London police station this morning, by appointment, and was arrested in connection with an allegation of assault.” Although Bale was not referred to by name, the statement is typical of wording used by British police to confirm the arrest of a well-known personality.
After more than four hours in police custody, he was released on bail to return on a date in September pending further inquiries.
In a statement, Bale’s U.S.-based spokeswoman Jennifer Allen said, “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.
“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.”
She confirmed separately that the allegation was of assault.
In The Dark Knight, Bale reprises the role of wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego Batman, a brooding vigilante superhero still scarred by the murder of his parents.
The film, which stars the late Heath Ledger as Batman’s nemesis The Joker, took in a record $158.4 million at the box office in its opening weekend in the U.S. last week.