Christian Bale arrested in London


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LONDON (July 22) - Christian Bale, star of the latest Batman blockbuster, has been released on bail by British police after being questioned on allegations of assault, media reported.

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Actor Christian Bale, who dons the Batman suit in 'The Dark Knight,' was arrested after his mother and sister accused him of assaulting them before the movie's European premiere. No other information about the alleged incident is known at this point.

The reports could not be independently confirmed by his U.S. representatives, who did not immediately reply to messages. But when asked if Bale had been arrested and released on bail, a police spokeswoman said:

"A 34-year-old man has been bailed to return to a police station on a date in September."

The wording is the usual tangential way that British police have of confirming news about well-known personalities.

The arrest follows an allegation of assault made by his mother and sister, British tabloid Sun newspaper said.

However, a rep for the actor denies the allegations.

"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. At this time, there will be no further comment by Mr. Bale," his rep tells PEOPLE.

The incident came the day after Bale attended the European premiere of "The Dark Knight," the latest in the Batman franchise also starring the late Heath Ledger as the Joker.

Ledger died of a drugs overdose shortly after completing the filming of Dark Knight, which took record box office receipts on its opening weekend in the United States.

Its tally of around $155 million worth of tickets during its first three days across the United States and Canada eclipsed the previous record of just over $151 million for "Spider-Man 3" set in May, 2007.

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Can someone please explain to me why it was necessary to mention that Heath Ledger died of a drug overdose in that story? It has nothing to do with Bale getting arrested and they still managed to sneak it in.

Ticket sales.

I was going to mention the same thing but was too frustrated. Makes me wonder how the film would be doing moneywise if the press weren't canonizing Ledger.

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