Hollywood Actor Arrested on Child Sex Abuse Charges
Disney and 'Game of Thornes' star Joseph Gatt arrested on pedophile charges
Hollywood actor Joseph Gatt has been arrested on felony child sex abuse charges, the Los Angeles Police Department has announced.
Gatt, who starred in HBO's "Game of Thrones" along with several Disney and Marvel movies, is charged on a felony warrant for Contact with a Minor for Sexual Offense under the California Penal Code.
In a news release, officials said that police served Gatt, 50, with a residential search warrant at his home early on April 6 at around 4:45 a.m.
The warrant came after police received a tip-off that he had been engaged in online sexually explicit communication with a minor across state lines.
He has now subsequently been arrested by police on the outstanding felony warrant.
An investigation into the matter is ongoing, officials said.
Gatt was released on $5,000 bail after a few hours, according to multiple reports.
Police are also looking to identify any possible additional victims and asked anyone who may have more information to contact law enforcement.
Gatt—who is a British actor residing in Los Angeles—began his acting career with an appearance in the British TV police drama “The Bill” in 1999.
According to his IMDB profile, he now has a long list of acting credits including supporting parts in 2011’s “Thor,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” and the remake of Disney’s “Dumbo.”
He is perhaps best known for appearing as Thenn Warg in “Game of Thrones.”
Gatt also appeared on “Banshee,” “Teen Wolf,” “Ray Donovan,” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”
The actor is set to star in the upcoming movies “Black Adam,” alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Titanic 66,” and a string of others set to be released later this year.
The actor released a statement shortly after his arrest addressing the allegations, which he called “horrifying and completely untrue” and said he was cooperating with law enforcement.
"I obviously want to address the absolutely horrifying and completely untrue allegations recently leveled against me,” Gatt said.
"They are 100% categorically wrong and reckless.
"I have confirmed errors and misleading information in today’s press release.
"I am fully cooperating with police and LAPD to get to the bottom of this.
"I look forward to clearing my good name.
"Thank you to all of my friends and supporters who know that this is untrue and understand for legal reasons I cannot comment further on social media.”