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UK officials: Christian Bale will not face charges
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In this March 13, 2008 file photo, actor Christian Bale poses for portrait in Las Vegas. - photo by Associated Press
    LONDON — Batman star Christian Bale will not face charges relating to an alleged assault on his mother and sister last month, prosecutors said Thursday, suggesting their decision was based in part on the family members’ wishes.
    Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence to afford a ‘‘realistic prospect of conviction,’’ and ordered police not to take any further action in the case.
    The service said in a statement that while it ‘‘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.’’
    Bale has repeatedly refused to comment on the alleged incident beyond a statement denying the allegation. His family has also declined to comment, saying the issue was a personal matter.
    British media had reported that Bale’s mother and sister told police he assaulted them at the Dorchester Hotel on July 20, a day before attending the European premiere of his film ‘‘The Dark Knight.’’ Bale has denied the accusation.
    The Sun tabloid reported that police waited a day to arrest Bale to allow the actor time to attend the film’s premiere in London’s Leicester Square. He was questioned for several hours at a police station before being released on bail.
    The Wales-born actor first made a splash as the child star of Steven Spielberg’s ‘‘Empire of the Sun’’ in 1987. He has played dark and sometimes sinister roles in ‘‘American Psycho,’’ ‘‘The Machinist’’ and ‘‘Batman Begins.’’
    In ‘‘The Dark Knight,’’ Bale reprises the role of wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego Batman, a brooding vigilante superhero still scarred by the murder of his parents.
    Bale, 34, lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Sibi Blazic, and their young daughter.

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