London authorities decide not to prosecute the Dark Knight star over assault claims

By Mari Kasanuki and Pete Norman
Updated August 14, 2008 01:15 PM
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Christian Bale will not be charged over claims of assault following a July 20 London disagreement with his mother and sister, PEOPLE has confirmed.

Prosecutors at England’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have reviewed the case and determined it is not in the public interest nor is there sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.

“On the advice of the CPS we shall be taking no further action,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman tells PEOPLE. “We will not be commenting further.”

Law Firm’s Statement

Confirming the police information, the legal firm of Schillings said in a statement, “Mr. Bale’s spokesperson Jennifer Allen said that Mr. Bale, who always denied the allegations made against him, is relieved that this issue has been resolved and hopes to put the matter firmly behind him.”

The firm noted, “Contrary to various press reports Mr. Bale has not been cautioned or charged at all.”

Schillings added, “At this this time there will be no further comment by Mr. Bale.”

Statement from Authorities

The CPS also released a statement Thursday about the case.

“We can today confirm that we have advised the Metropolitan Police Service that the actor Christian Bale should not face any charges following an incident which occurred in relation to his mother and sister at the Dorchester hotel on 21 July this year,” the CPS said.

“Whilst the CPS treats all incidents which take place in a domestic context seriously, it is important that the views of complainants are also taken into account when making decisions in such cases.”

“Taking all the factors into consideration, the decision has been taken that there is insufficient evidence to afford a realistic prospect of conviction, and accordingly the police have been advised that no further action should be taken against Mr. Bale.”

Pre-Arranged Police Meeting

The incident allegedly took place inside Bale’s suite in London’s Dorchester hotel a day prior to the U.K. premiere of The Dark Knight. Bale attended the movie’s events then reported for a pre-arranged meeting at Belgravia police station the following day. He was arrested and questioned, then released later the same day.

Bale denied the assault allegations made against him in a statement released by his attorneys. A few days later, Bale called it a deeply personal matter.