A Massachusetts mother has obtained a temporary protective order on behalf of her 12-year-old child against Ezra Miller, the 29-year-old actor who stars in Warner Bros.’ upcoming superhero flick. “The Flash”.
The court order, issued Wednesday by Greenfield District Court in Massachusetts and seen by NBC News, said it “was issued without notice because the Court has determined that there is a substantial likelihood of harm immediate harassment”.
The order contains no allegations against Miller.
The mother, who spoke on the condition that their names not be released for privacy reasons, said she and her child met Miller in February through an acquaintance. She said Miller initially seemed friendly, but she quickly grew suspicious of Miller’s relationship with her child. She said she told the judge that Miller had offered to buy gifts for the child, including a horse, even after rejecting previous offers from Miller.
“I kept wondering why Ezra was there. Like, don’t you have any Hollywood stuff to do? You don’t have any movies coming out? she says.
The protective order adds to what is now a three-month series of allegations directed against Miller that began with accusations of disorderly conduct in Hawaii and has since grown to include accusations of parents grooming d ‘children. The allegations against Miller have also sparked an online furor pitting Miller’s aggressive fanbase who maintain his innocence against those calling the authorities and Warner Bros. Act.
Miller, who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns them and them, has been a rising movie star for more than a decade, with her starring role in “The Flash” set to become her highest-profile role. Variety reported that starting June 2, Warner Bros. planned to release “The Flash” with Miller in 2023 as planned. Miller and their representatives did not respond to repeated requests for comment, and Miller did not otherwise respond to the grooming allegations. Representatives of Warner Bros. did not respond to requests for comment.
Miller has been arrested twice this year, both times in Hawaii, for disorderly conduct and second-degree assault. Miller was released from jail on $500 bond after their first arrest and did not contest one count of disorderly conduct, paying a $500 fine. A couple in Hawaii filed for a temporary restraining order against Miller in March and accused the actor of barging into their room and stealing personal records, including a passport and wallet, after staying with the couple. Weeks later, the couple voluntarily dropped the order.
During this time, Miller regularly posted on Instagram with a group of people that included Tokata Iron Eyes, an 18-year-old non-binary person who, according to legal documents filed in Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court, has known Miller since the age of 12 years. On Thursday, Miller’s verified Instagram account was deactivated. Instagram confirmed on Friday that it had not deleted the account.
Chase Iron Eyes, a well-known Indigenous lawyer and environmental activist who is Tokata’s father, filed for a protective order against Miller in early June, according to TMZ, in an effort to end what he described in court as a abusive relationship between Miller and Tokata which has escalated in recent months. On June 7, the court granted an interim order asking Miller to cease all contact with the Iron Eyes family, including Tokata, and not come within 100 yards of the Iron Eyes’ residence. The judge has scheduled a hearing on the motion for July 12.
Iron Eyes said in a phone interview that Tokata had been with Miller for several months. He said Vermont police tried to serve Tokata with a substance abuse and mental health evaluation order that was granted by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Court. NBC News has seen a non-service statement from the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department in Vermont that indicates attempts were made to serve Tokata on three separate occasions.
Iron Eyes told the court that he had intermittent contact with Miller and Tokata during this time, which led him to believe that Miller physically and psychologically abused Tokata. Iron Eyes wrote in the petition for a protective order that he retrieved Tokata from Miller’s residence in early 2020 after Miller told him they gave Tokata LSD. Iron Eyes wrote that he observed bruises on Tokata’s body before Tokata reunited with Miller, whom Tokata has been traveling with ever since.
Tokata publicly responded to their parents’ claims in a statement and video posted on Tokata’s Instagram account. The statement reads: “My choices are mine, and as to the nature of the police involvement in my ‘case’, it is unnecessary and a waste of time and resources. The video only features Tokata, who says, “No one controls my Instagram account.”
The same Instagram account responded to a direct message from NBC News with an email address. An email sent to the account has not received a response. On Tokata’s Instagram page, a recent post stated that Tokata wanted to be called Gibson. Iron Eyes’ father said he hadn’t heard Tokata say they wanted to be called Gibson.
Iron Eyes wrote in the petition for a protective order that Tokata first met Miller in 2012, when the actor appeared with Native protesters as part of the anti-Dakota Access Pipeline movement. Four years later, when Tokata was 12, he said he met Miller at an appearance with other young activists.
In the same petition, Iron Eyes said Miller continued to develop a relationship with Tokata over the next six years, including visiting them on movie sets. Iron Eyes said Tokata dropped out of school after turning 18 and moved in with Miller.
Oliver Ignatius, a former friend of Miller’s, told NBC News via direct messages on Instagram that he was mentioned in the Iron Eyes petition as an unnamed witness. Iron Eyes also said Ignatius was the anonymous witness. In direct messages, Ignatius wrote that he observed Miller’s conduct with Tokata. He also wrote that he personally witnessed Miller monitoring Tokata’s social media accounts and figuring out who they could communicate with. Ignatius, a music producer who worked with Miller in Hawaii and Vermont, said he saw Miller abuse Tokata. Ignatius’ allegations are also detailed in the application for an order of protection.
“Lots of shouting and shouting, bullying, relentless character abuse, calls [them] various insults, confiscation [their] phone and obsessive monitoring and control [their] interactions with others, while failing to provide [them] with basic human necessities,” Ignatius said. The petition for a protective order says Miller left Tokata in Hawaii without menstrual products.
Ignatius, who also said he cut ties with Miller after a business dispute, said he was harassed and threatened online by Miller fans for speaking out. Iron Eyes said Miller’s fanbase persisted in creating a narrative that he and his wife were transphobic and were trying to force their child into “conversion therapy.” Iron Eyes said he and his wife have long supported LGBTQ people and recognized non-binary identities in Indigenous culture.
“Tokata isn’t the only non-binary kid in our family,” Iron Eyes said. “Tokata would know that we’ve been nothing but open and nurturing.”