T.J. Miller Got Drunk and Called in a Fake Bomb Threat, Feds Say
Investigators say he was "motivated by a grudge" against a female passenger he'd been arguing with on an Amtrak train.
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Since leaving HBO's Silicon Valley in a public spat with the show's creator, comedian T.J. Miller has gone on to star in the Emoji Movie and be accused of sexual assault. Now it seems the star has found himself under FBI investigation after getting drunk on an Amtrak train and allegedly phoning in a fake bomb threat.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, Miller called in a bomb threat on March 18 during an Amtrak ride from Washington, DC, to New York City. He allegedly told the cops that a woman on his train "has a bomb in her bag." But Miller allegedly got the train number wrong, leading Amtrak investigators to stop and search another NYC-bound train, unable to find anything onboard.
When investigators called Miller for more details, he was allegedly slurring his speech and told cops a different description of the woman who he'd originally called about. This time, he said that the woman was carrying a “black bag carry-on suitcase with a handle" and that she kept checking it without taking anything out. The cop then inevitably asked if Miller if he was drunk, and the comedian told the officer he'd had "one glass of red wine."
"This is the first time I’ve ever made a call like this before," he said, according to the complaint. "I am worried for everyone on that train. Someone has to check that lady out."
Investigators then stopped the train Miller was on and tracked down an attendant in his first class car. The attendant said Miller seemed drunk when he boarded and tossed back several drinks during his trip—two glasses of wine and two double scotch and sodas, according to TMZ. By the time he'd reached New York, the attendant said, he was booted off the train because he was intoxicated.
According to the complaint, the attendant added that Miller had been arguing with a woman a few rows away from him during the trip. Investigators interviewed the woman and found that—aside from being innocent of the accusation against her—she didn't even have the kind of bag Miller had described. Instead, they allege that Miller called in the bomb threat because he was "motivated by a grudge against the subject female."
Miller was arrested at New York's LaGuardia Airport Monday night, according to the press release. He's since been released from jail on a $100,000 bond and charged with intentionally giving the cops false information about an explosive device—a crime that could land him with up to five years behind bars.
Miller was arrested not long after finally putting his last run-in with the law to bed: After he allegedly slapped an Uber driver during a ride in 2016, he finally settled with the guy last month, Page Six reports. Meanwhile, he was accused in December of sexually assaulting and punching a woman back in college.
Miller's stayed pretty quiet after the arrest, though when he was phoned for comment, his voicemail sure had a lot to say:
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