'Boardwalk Empire' star Michael Pitt seen strapped to stretcher after throwing objects at people
BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ star Michael Pitt, 41, was reportedly hospitalized after being accused of throwing items at people from a rooftop on Friday, September 9. Although the troubled star was taken into custody, he was not charged as the incident is being treated as a mental health problem.
According to TMZ, an onlooker reportedly called 911 to report that a male was possibly throwing objects at people from a rooftop. After quickly responding to the scene, cops arrested Pitt, who played gangster Jimmy Darmody in the Emmy-winning series 'Boardwalk Empire,' but he was not charged with a crime due to his emotional instability. In the video by TMZ, Pitt, who is just wearing black shorts, can be seen strapped down to a stretcher and taken to the hospital by Emergency Medical Technicians. As he lies on the stretcher, Pitt appears in a daze, staring at the sky and then turning his head to the side. Police determined Pitt to be emotionally disturbed and therefore didn’t charge him with a crime, but transported to him a hospital. Pitt’s current status is unknown but reports suggest that he may be placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold, as per DailyMail.
The report further states that in the state of New York, an individual can only be held for 72 hours in a hospital to get care. If the patient is required to stay for a longer duration, the call can only be taken by a judge. However, the longest period an individual can be placed on involuntary psychiatric hold is up to 60 days.
Pitt's previous arrests
The actor, who is known for roles in 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Murder by Numbers,' Bernardo Bertolucci’s 'The Dreamers,' Gus Van Sant’s 'Last Days,' and Michael Haneke’s 'Funny Games,' was arrested for assault and petty larceny at the same spot earlier in July. The New Jersey-born Pitt allegedly snatched a man’s phone from his hand and repeatedly punched him in the head before taking the phone. Fortunately, the young man suffered only minor injuries, DailyMail reports.
Even in 2014, Pitt allegedly took a vintage car from a commercial set with no consent while shooting with the clothing brand Rag and Bone. A source said at the time, "Pitt was gone for about 20 minutes and didn't answer his phone. He didn't have a driver's licence with him. The owner freaked out and told the NYPD officer doing traffic control on set." The car was returned and no charges were filed, according to Yahoo!
Pitt's upcoming projects
It was reported by Deadline in May that Pitt has joined Open Road and Sculptor Media’s drama-thriller 'Black Flies' opposite Sean Penn, Tye Sheridan and Katherine Waterston. He is also scheduled to be seen starring in the Netflix thriller 'Reptile' opposite Benicio Del Toro and Justin Timberlake for Black Label Media.