Hawaii couple drops restraining order against Ezra Miller, 'Fantastic Beasts' film star

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher
Associated Press

HONOLULU — A Hawaii couple have dropped their petition for a temporary restraining order against actor Ezra Miller, who is known for playing The Flash in the “Justice League” films and allegedly harassed patrons of a karaoke bar in a Big Island town last month.

According to court documents, a judge dismissed the restraining order case Monday after the couple requested it.

William Dean, a lawyer who represents the couple, declined to comment Tuesday on why his clients no longer want to pursue the petition that accused Miller of bursting into their bedroom and threatening them in Hilo, the same town where Miller was arrested. The couple also accused Miller in their petition of stealing some belongings, including a passport and wallet.

A judge had granted the restraining order petition, saying it was needed to prevent future harassment and had set a hearing for Wednesday. It’s unclear if the hearing will be held now that the case is dismissed.

Actor Ezra Miller poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald', at a central London cinema, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

A judge on Tuesday granted a request by Miller’s lawyer, Francis Alcain, to postpone a hearing on a separate case involving an alleged traffic violation for Miller in Hilo until April 26 because Miller and prosecutors are in what Alcain described as “pre-negotiations” for an agreement on the two outstanding cases. Alcain did not disclose details of the potential agreement. A hearing for the arrest case is also scheduled for April 26.

In the traffic case against Miller, police were called to a dispute in downtown Hilo on March 19, where Miller was “uncooperative and refused to leave the area and continued to obstruct the sidewalk,” Hawaii Police Department Assistant Chief Kenneth Quiocho said Tuesday. Miller was cited for obstructing a highway, Quiocho said.

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On March 27, police police were called to Margarita Village in Hilo, where they said Miller yelled obscenities, grabbed a mic from a singing woman and lunged at a man playing darts. Miller took issue with people singing the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper ballad “Shallow” at a bar mostly frequented by locals in Hilo Quiocho told the AP.

Miller was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and harassment.

The day after Miller was released on $500 bail, the couple filed a petition for a temporary restraining order.

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Miller has been the source of police calls in Hilo 10 times since March 7, Quiocho told the AP, adding it’s not clear how long Miller has been on the island.

They were “manini” incidents — a Hawaii Pidgin term that can mean minor or small — such as filming people at a gas station, refusing to leave the sidewalk area of a restaurant and arguing with people, Quiocho said.

Miller also stars as Credence Barebone in the Harry Potter prequel series "Fantastic Beasts" with the third installment, "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore," hitting movie theaters April 15.

Contributing: Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY