TJ Miller was arrested this week for allegedly reporting a false bomb threat on a train in the US last month.
According to the Department of Justice, the former Silicon Valley star was arrested on Monday night (April 9) at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York following a complaint relating to false information given to law enforcement officials in March about an alleged bomb on an Amtrak train.
Comedian and actor Miller appeared in court in New Haven on Tuesday (April 10) and was released on a $100,000 bond. The star faces a maximum prison term of five years.
It has been alleged that on March 18, Miller called 911 to report that a female passenger on his train “had a bomb in her bag”.
Miller claimed that the woman in question kept checking her bag and seemed to want to get off the train and leave her bag behind.
Asked whether he had consumed alcohol that day, Miller claimed that he had “one glass of red wine”, while also denying that he suffered from mental illness. “This is the first time I’ve ever made a call like this before. I am worried for everyone on that train. Someone has to check that lady out,” he is alleged to have said.
Officials stopped the train that Miller claimed to be on in Westport, Connecticut, evacuating passengers before bomb squad members searched the train to find no explosive device.
Investigators determined that Miller had actually been travelling on a different train, which was eventually stopped and inspected, with no evidence of a bomb found there either.
Miller is said to have consumed several drinks on the train and has been described as appearing intoxicated. It is also alleged that he was involved in hostile exchanges with a female passenger.
The complaint alleges that Miller relayed false information in the 911 call because he was motivated by a grudge against the woman involved.
Miller has not yet responded to the charge.
Miller portrayed Erlich Bachman in HBO’s Silicon Valley for its first four seasons but left the show last year.
Last December, Miller was accused of sexually assaulting and punching a woman, which he denies.