'Silicon Valley' Star TJ Miller Accused of Being High On Whip-Its During Altercation With Uber Driver

By Dorri Olds 01/10/17

Last month, Miller reportedly got into an altercation with his Uber driver over an argument about Donald Trump.

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Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that comedian and actor, T.J. Miller, was arrested in the Hollywood Hills on suspicion of battery, a misdemeanor offense. According to ABC7, Miller was arrested at his home and released on his own recognizance with $20,000 bail.

The story goes that the battery accusation came in the form of a phoned-in citizen’s arrest by Miller’s Uber driver, Wilson Deon Thomas III. He had been hired for the full day to drive Miller around. The two had reportedly gotten into an argument about President-elect Donald Trump. Thomas accused the comedic actor of becoming enraged, and then physically violent.

Thomas said Miller accused him of being a Trump supporter, then allegedly hauled off and hit the driver. While the specifics of their argument are still sketchy, Miller went on record about his disdain for Trump and his impending presidency. Before the presidential election, Miller tweeted, “Let’s stop this nonsense. Trump is a madman. He’s a lunatic. He’ll ruin us globally. Let’s fuck him up in November.”

Miller is probably best known for his role as Erlich Bachman in the HBO series Silicon Valley. The Bachman character is a pot-smoking owner of a home that serves as a headquarters for a fledgling startup in—you guessed it—Silicon Valley. The sitcom won the Critics’ Choice award for Best Comedy Series. Miller is also known for playing alongside Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool and for his role in Office Christmas Party, which also starred Jennifer Aniston.

This week, TMZ ran an update on the recent incident with photos provided by Thomas. One image shows a box of Whip-Its (nitrous oxide) refills and a separate photo shows three empty canisters lying on the backseat. 

Uber driver Thomas claims that those two photographs are proof that he was telling the truth about the assault, because part of his complaint to the Los Angeles Police was that Miller had been inhaling Whip-Its before he became violent.

Miller’s attorney allegedly accused the driver of lying in order to cash in on the actor. The lawyer also said that the photos are not evidence that Miller had used the now-empty canisters. The photos would also seem insufficient as evidence that Miller assaulted the driver.

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Dorri Olds is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Woman’s Day and several book anthologies. Find Dorri on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.