turned himself in to London police early Tuesday (July 22), after allegations of assault were made against him, and was released from custody several hours later. He was not charged.
The star, who was in London to promote the film, was allowed to attend the U.K. premiere at a Leicester Square theater Monday night because he made an appointment to turn himself in the following morning. The alleged incident took place on Sunday night at the actor's hotel, the Dorchester on Park Lane, and involved Bale's mother Jenny and his sister Sharon, who went to the police in Hampshire to make a report.
"Christian Bale attended a London police station today on a voluntary basis in order to assist with an allegation that has been made against him to the police by his mother and sister," the actor's spokesperson said in a statement. "Mr. Bale, who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the police."
After being held for more than four hours, Bale was released on the condition that he returns to the station at an unspecified date in September, a London Metropolitan Police spokesperson told MTV News. The spokesperson declined to reveal the conditions of his release, termed as "bail" in the U.K. — although no money is exchanged, as it would be in the U.S. "He has been bailed," a London Metropolitan Police spokesperson said, "pending further investigation into two separate inquiries," referring to the reports from Bale's mother and sister.
At Monday's premiere, Bale told MTV U.K. that the movie was a success because it is a "perfect storm."
"The hype has been good, the reviewers have responded, you've got great portrayals, you've got a great cast, and a great director in Christopher Nolan," Bale said. "And of course you've got Heath Ledger giving a fantastic portrayal of the Joker. He deserves all the credit that people are giving him."
Bale was slated to meet with journalists to promote the film further at his hotel on Tuesday.