It turns out that Dark Knight star Christian Bale has been charged by London police only with “verbal assault” in last Sunday night’s incident between himself, his mother Jenny and his sister Sharon. In London verbal assault can be classified as a Class 4 or 5, with Class 4 being aggravated with “an intent to cause alarm.”
In other words, Bale was popped for the domestic American custom known as “arguing,” possibly with a loud and/or threatening tone of voice. By this curious standard Jeremy Piven‘s “Ari” character would be doing 10 years without parole, easy, if he lived in London.