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    Tuesday, July 22, 2008

    CNN - Reports: Batman star Christian Bale arrested on assault allegations

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    Reports: Batman star Christian Bale arrested on assault allegations

    Batman star Christian Bale was arrested Tuesday over allegations of assaulting his mother and sister, police and British media said.

    British media had reported that Bale's mother and sister complained they were assaulted by the 34-year-old actor at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Sunday night, a day before the European premiere of his latest film, "The Dark Knight."

    The women made the allegation at a local police station in southern England on Monday, Britain's Press Association news agency said.

    Asked whether Bale had been arrested, a police spokesman did not refer to him by name but said: "A 34-year-old man attended a central London police station this morning by appointment and was arrested in connection with an allegation of assault."

    He said the man was still in custody but gave no further details.

    The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity because force policy did not authorize him to be identified. British police do not name suspects before they are formally charged.

    U.S.-based representatives for Bale didn't immediately return messages seeking comment. Repeated phone calls to Bale's London representative went unanswered.

    The Sun newspaper said police didn't question the actor Monday because they didn't want to interfere with the premiere of the movie.

    Wales-born Bale first made a splash as the child star of Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun" in 1987.

    His screen credits also include "American Psycho," "The Machinist" and "Batman Begins."

    In "The Dark Knight," Bale reprises the role of wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego Batman, a brooding vigilante superhero still scarred by the murder of his parents.

    The film, which stars the late Heath Ledger as Batman's nemesis The Joker, took in a record $158.4 million at the box office in its opening weekend in the U.S. last week.

    Reuters - Christian Bale questioned by police

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    Christian Bale questioned by police

    Tuesday, Jul 22, 2008 4:53PM UTC

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

    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, tabloid Sun newspaper said.

    It 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.

    The studio behind the film, Warner Bros Pictures, which is part of Time Warner, was not immediately available for comment.

    Bale was on the red carpet with co-stars Michael Caine and Maggie Gyllenhaal in central London's Leicester Square on Monday night.

    A martial arts enthusiast and environmental campaigner, Bale has also appeared in "Batman Begins", "American Psycho" and "Empire Of The Sun".

    (Reporting by Jeremy Lovell and Mike Collett-White; editing by Sami Aboudi)

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