In the latest development of the ongoing Ezra Miller/Hawaii saga, newly discovered body camera footage of their arrest in March has been released and appears to claim they film themselves being assaulted by “NFT Crypto Art”.
In a video obtained by TMZ, the non-binary actor is being taken into custody by local police for disorderly conduct. “They robbed me and I started filming,” they can be heard explaining. “Let me show you the video. I got mugged in this bar, twice in a row. I film myself getting mugged for NFT crypto art.”
Miller is alleged to have attacked and spat at a patron at a karaoke bar in Hawaii in late March. In the body cam footage, Miller explains that “the guy from that bar came out as a Nazi. I have it on tape and he attacked me.”
Elsewhere in the clip, Miller can be heard demanding the officer’s name and badge number multiple times, becoming increasingly belligerent as they are handcuffed and attempt to invoke their fourth amendment right not to be searched and seized without reason (although it doesn’t). actually applies in this case). Miller can also be heard stating that an item taken from his pocket is “Nerf darts” and asking officers not to remove the “Flash ring” as it “means a lot” to them.
Miller goes on to express his discomfort at the invasiveness of the search. “Hey, you just touched my penis,” they yell. “Please, do not do that. I’m transgender, non-binary, and I don’t want to be searched by a man!” Court records would later show that Miller would not contest the disorderly conduct charge and was fined $500 in exchange for a judge dismissing the charges of harassment and obstruction of a sidewalk.
The body camera video is just the latest in a growing list of evidence that Miller and Hawaii don’t get along. Following the karaoke bar incident, Miller was arrested in April for throwing a chair at a woman, hitting her on the head and leaving a half-inch cut, after being asked to leave a private residence in lower Puna. , Hawaii. The series of incidents prompted Warner Bros. executives to have an emergency meeting about The Flash star’s behavior, putting a pause on all his upcoming projects.
In Miller’s defense, there may be other factors at play that the coverage of his arrests is leaving out. As journalist Stephen M. Colbert points out, the bar from which TMZ reports Miller was kicked out has several one-star Yelp reviews describing the establishment’s staff as racist and outspokenly anti-LGBTQ.
As for the claims that they were filming heists for some Shia LaBeouf-esque crypto art project? Not out of the realm of possibility. We all know there have been much dumber and flimsier excuses for turning anything into an NFT anyway.