The woman who “The Flash” actor Ezra Miller appeared to place in a chokehold in an April 2020 viral video told Variety that she thought their interaction was “just fun and games” at first.
Speaking out for the first time, the woman and a friend who was with her at the time — both of whom aren’t identified by Variety for their privacy — explained the conversation with Miller that led up to the filmed incident. (While the video made headlines around the world, no charges were filed by authorities and neither Miller nor their representatives have ever given a statement about the encounter. Representatives for Miller didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.)
According to the Variety report, Miller was talking to the woman inside of Prikið Kaffihús, a bar in Reykjavík, Iceland, that Miller often frequented at the time. As reported by Variety, Miller was wearing
, and the woman asked the actor about wounds she could see on their feet. Miller told her they were “battle scars from a fight,” according to the report.
The woman said she began to walk away but then turned around and told Miller, “But just so you know, I could take you in a fight.”
She said she meant it as a joke, but Miller reportedly replied, “You really want to fight?”
The woman, presumably still joking, then told Miller to “meet her in the smoking area in two minutes,” per the report.
Another friend of the woman then approached Miller and said he’d heard the actor didn’t want the fight to happen.
“My friend didn’t have to say that,” the woman told Variety, clarifying her friend’s comment “was just a joke, obviously” but that Miller “took that literally and got super mad and came running outside.” That’s when one of the woman’s friends started to record what was happening.
“I think it’s just fun and games — but then it wasn’t,” the woman told Variety. She said Miller then suddenly got “on top of me, choking me, still screaming in my face if I want to fight.”
At that point, the woman recalled that her friend stopped filming because Miller was “obviously not joking and it’s actually serious,” and reportedly pushed the actor off the woman. The woman said that two of her male friends were holding Miller back as Miller was screaming at her, “This is what you wanted! This is what you wanted!”
Variety confirmed details of the event with three friends of the woman and a bartender at Prikið Kaffihús named Carlos Reynir, who was early for his shift and outside the bar when the fight happened. Reynir told Variety he ran to break up the altercation when he saw that it was “going way out of hand.”
According to Reynir, Miller grabbed him by the throat as he was attempting to get the actor to leave through a back door. Miller refused to leave, claiming to Reynir that one of the woman’s friends had pushed them and prompted their behavior, according to Variety. Reynir told the publication the woman’s friends had not pushed Miller.
“They proceeded to spit in my face several times, so with the final push I closed and locked the door,” he recalled.
Miller also reportedly spat in the face of the woman’s friend “multiple times” at the time. The alleged incident occurred in the pre-vaccine days of the pandemic.
After Reynir removed Miller from the bar and locked the front and back doors, he said the actor then ran around the perimeter of the building “banging on the door and screaming to be let in,” per Variety. Eventually, friends of Miller’s drove by the bar to pick them up and the car drove away.
Variety corroborated Reynir’s account of the incident with three other sources, including the management at Prikið Kaffihús, per the report.
The woman who accused Miller of placing her in the chokehold reported the incident to police at the time, as confirmed by Variety, but she did not press charges.
The woman’s story is the latest account of Miller’s controversial behavior over the last few years. In the same report, Variety also spoke to a former friend of Miller’s who claims they called her a “Nazi” and a “transphobic piece of shit” and behaved threateningly when she asked them not to smoke inside her home during a visit.
In June, Insider reported Miller was accused of grooming a teen and law enforcement officials said the actor couldn’t be located to be served legal papers. The actor was also arrested for disorderly conduct while at a karaoke bar in Hawaii in March. Miller later pleaded no contest and was fined $500, People reported.