“Silicon Valley” star T.J. Miller is speaking out regarding his arrest over the holidays last year.
Miller was arrested after a driver accused him of battery; now, The Hollywood Reporter reports the actor is saying the man is trying to extort him. Miller was arrested in December prior to his hosting duties of the Critics’ Choice Awards last year.
The driver, a man named Wilson Deon Thomas III, is suing the actor for assault and battery and cited intentional infliction of emotional distress. The driver also claims that Miller hit him on the shoulder and head and forced him to slam the brakes while driving. This resulted in an injury and heightened anxiety for him.
“From the moment Mr. Miller and his wife stepped into Mr. Thomas’s vehicle and he recognized Mr. Miller as a comedian and Hollywood actor, Mr. Thomas started a plan to try and extort money from Mr. Miller, even commenting that Mr. Miller was ‘a rich guy,'” Miller’s attorney Bryan Freedman writes in his reply to the complaint.
Freedman also notes that Thomas has created fake injuries before. Thomas sued his former employer for wrongful termination and sought work restrictions for an alleged ankle injury.
According to the complaint, the driver “saw nothing but dollar signs” when Miller got in the car. He was also unable to find a doctor who would confirm that he exhibited anything more than minor injuries from the accident