Comedian TJ Miller can’t laugh off arrest
NEW HAVEN - Todd “T.J” Miller may think it’s a laughing matter, but federal prosecutors are taking it very seriously.
The New York actor, comedian, probably best known for appearing as Deadpool’s side kick and in the HBO show, Silicon Valley, appeared last week at the Bridgeport comedy club, The Stress Factory. His next Connecticut appearance will be in a federal courtroom to face charges for allegedly calling in a bomb threat that forced two Amtrak trains to make unscheduled stops at Westport’s Green’s Farms train station.
Federal authorities confirmed Friday that the case against the 36-year-old Miller is “pending.” They would not comment further.
Neither Miller nor his lawyer could be reached for comment on Friday.
He is charged with intentionally conveying false information about an explosive device on a train, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He is free after posting $100,000 bond.
On March 18, Miller allegedly called a 911 dispatcher in New Jersey and reported that he was on Amtrak Train 2256 traveling from Washington, D.C., toward Penn Station in New York City, and that a female passenger “has a bomb in her bag,” according to federal authorities.
Amtrak officials stopped the train at Green’s Farms, where passengers were directed to detrain, and bomb squad members boarded and searched the train. No evidence of any explosive device or materials was detected, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Miller was arrested April 9, at LaGuardia Airport in New York after he returned from a trip to Canada where he had been doing stand-up comedy.
Federal authorities said on March 18, Miller had been traveling on an Amtrak train in Connecticut when he became involved in hostile exchanges with a woman who was sitting in a different row from him in the first-class car.