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Former 'Silicon Valley' Actor Arrested for Fake Bomb Threat

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on April 11, 2018 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

T.J. Miller's last 12 months have been far from great. In May of last year, HBO announced Miller would not be reprising his role as Erlich Bachman on the hit series "Silicon Valley" for its fifth season. In June, Miller gave a rambling interview to the Hollywood Reporter during which he trashed former colleagues. Six months after that, Miller was arrested for attacking an Uber driver, and less than a week later he was accused of punching a woman and sexual assault while in college.

And then this week Miller was arrested for calling in a fake bomb threat on a train, and is now facing federal charges.

Bombed on the Train

According to TMZ, Miller called 911 on March 18 while riding an Amtrak train from Washington, D.C. to New York City. He allegedly reported that a woman with brown hair and a scarf "has a bomb in her bag," and said the woman kept checking the bag, perhaps wanting to get off the train and leave it behind. "This is the first time I've ever made a call like this before," Miller told an Amtrak officer. "I am worried for everyone on that train. Someone has to check that lady out."

By the time police could finally search the train, however, Miller was long gone. First, he had given officers the wrong train number, causing a different train to be stopped, evacuated, and searched in Connecticut. Second, Miller was removed from the train in New York City because he was drunk. The actor was allegedly "intoxicated upon boarding in Washington," consumed two glasses of wine and two double Scotch and sodas, and "exchanged profanity" with a woman in the First Class car.

Blowing up His Reputation

But the true source of the bomb threat appears to be a grudge he had with that woman in First Class. She told officers Miller was being loud and belligerent on the train, had made a comment about her hair, and got in an argument with her. After determining the bomb threat was fake, the FBI obtained an arrest warrant and nabbed Miller Monday night as he flew into LaGuardia Airport. He was released early Tuesday.

All told, federal authorities say Miller's antics caused 936 man hours-worth of delays. Not a good look for a man having a very bad year.

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