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Todd Joseph “T.J.” Miller was taken into custody Monday night at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The former Silicon Valley star was arrested for allegedly “intentionally conveying to law enforcement false information about an explosive device on a train traveling to Connecticut,” according to a press release from the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. Miller allegedly made the bomb threat March 18.
According to authorities, the 36-year-old comedian and actor allegedly called 911 and told the dispatcher he was on an Amtrak rain traveling from Washington, D.C., toward Penn Station in New York City and that a female passenger “has a bomb in her bag.”
The train Miller identified was stopped in Connecticut at Green’s Farms Station in Westport. All passengers were kicked off and bomb squad members searched the area. “No evidence of any explosive device or materials was detected,” according to authorities.
Journalist Alison Stewart was on the stopped train. She tweeted video of the incident that night and also commented about the story via Twitter on Tuesday.
“OMG. I was on that train,” Stewart wrote. “The authorities took the threat very seriously. Evacuated everyone into a parking lot at night. It was cold. At least 16 police vehicles, bomb sniffing dogs. They detained 4 women for questioning. I can’t believe all that cuz of this guy.”
It was later discovered that Miller was on a different train.
The attendant on the actor’s actual train stated that he “appeared intoxicated upon boarding in Washington, that he consumed multiple drinks on the train, and that he had been removed in New York owing to his intoxication. The attendant also advised that Miller had been involved in hostile exchanges with a woman who was sitting in a different row from him in the first class car,” according to the release.
Miller appeared Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven and was released on a $100,000 bond, according to authorities. The charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Connecticut State Police, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, Amtrak Police Department and Westport Police Department.
Miller, who starred on the HBO half-hour comedy Silicon Valley for four seasons as wannabe tech mogul Erlich Bachman, exited the show after creative differences emerged between the actor and showrunners Mike Judge and Alec Berg. “It just wasn’t working,” Judge told THR of the split with Miller in a March 7 cover story.
A request for comment from Miller and his rep were not immediately returned.
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