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Did Batman's Bad Mouth Trigger Bust?

7/22/2008 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Christian BaleThere are reports circulating that Christian Bale was arrested for verbal assault, and one of Bale's reps is echoing that.

Who knew, but we called around jolly old England and found there is such a thing as verbal assault, Class 4 and Class 5. Class 4 is more aggravated than 5, with "an intent to cause alarm."

Was Christian's offense mouthing off to mom? We're checking.

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Dipstick    

First!!!

2222 days ago
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paul dennis reid    


so the tongue lashing he gave
his mum wasn't to her licking ?

2222 days ago
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Tangie    

Give your mom some money, you cheap SOB! You wouldn't be anywhere without her, azzhole!

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Lindsay    

Man if I got in trouble for every time I popped off to my mom they'd have to put me away for life. Come on now

2222 days ago
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di    

lmao this is all incredibly stupid then if he just mouthed off. sometimes i do it too but it doesn't mean i'm going to attack my mother.

2222 days ago
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that's all    

She is probably a psycho like my mom and deserved it! Not everyone has a stable mother.

2222 days ago
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Tangie    

This guy has demons living under his bed.

2222 days ago
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superman    

Oh my god! he got arrested for yelling at his mum? what the f. maybe they hit him up for too much of his batman money? or maybe the sister has a substance abuse problem? who knows, who cares! the media made it seem like he was physical abusing them! hey england, take the stick out!

2222 days ago
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alexis    

so where does this leave alec baldwin?

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paul dennis reid    


batman might have a
mum like le bron james;

2222 days ago
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C    

I would hope it is verbal and not physical. Not that either one is acceptable when it comes to your own mom, but even a total scuzz bag knows better than to hit their mom.

2222 days ago
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ratmandu    

There aren't a lot of hard facts circulating about Bale's situation: was he arrested and charged? Or merely questioned in conjunction with the complaint by his mum/sis? And what's the enforcement situation in England like for crimes--especially low crimes like verbal assault--allegedly committed by celebrities? Have their prosecutors decided it's best to move forward with charging him--especially if these charges will likely either amount to just a dismissal or a nominal verdict (a small fine?)? What exactly are the elements of verbal assault? And its aggravating factors? Good god, how are there 5 classes of verbal assaults?! How can you demarcate--not to mention enforce--different levels of nastiness and threat?! Crazy.

TMZ and Harvey, I turn to you for a real legal analysis here!

2222 days ago
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Jack Balayla    

Maybe he walk in on his mother still in character and thought she was the joker, Or maybe she grounded him for a whole month and took his batmobile and suit away.

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Liz    

A friend of mine got in to it with a neighbor. They were both screaming insults at each other and she called the police! He received a "citation" for VERBAL ASSAULT a Class C misdomenor...............to the tune of $343.00. He has witnesses and has hired an attorney.

Hopefully, Christian has a few witnesses!

2222 days ago
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ArizonaLioness    

Probably told the gold diggers to shove off. Glad it wasn't physical.

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