Earlier this month, actress Emma Roberts (We’re The Millers) was arrested for domestic violence in a hotel room in Montreal. The police were called by a fellow guest who was disturbed by the fighting between the 22-year-old actress and her boyfriend, 26-year-old actor Evan Peters (American Horror Story: Coven) When they arrived, Peters was found with a bloody nose and an alleged bite mark.
Peters’ injuries were enough evidence for police to take Roberts into custody. She was released hours later as Peters decided not to press charges against her. Although she was never formally named as charges weren’t filed, she and Peters released a joint statement that was obtained by US Weekly: “It was an unfortunate incident and misunderstanding. Ms. Roberts was released after questioning and the couple are working together to move past it.”
While everything has seemingly cleared up, this is a harsh reminder that domestic violence is not exclusive to women, it can happen to anyone. While nobody knows what goes on between Peters and Roberts when they’re alone, the fact that his injuries were enough to get her put into police custody is chilling. And it also shows that there is no one mold of what an accused abuser fits into–we’re sure many are shocked that a former Nickelodeon girl who happens to be the niece of superstar Julia Roberts has been accused of domestic violence.
Please, LivLunatics, if you or someone you love is involved in an abusive relationship, contact the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. You can also visit thehotline.org for more information. If you aren’t ready to make the call, at least let someone know–family, friends, co-workers, clergy–someone. Don’t keep silent.