So when news broke last year that Sean Bean had been stabbed defending the honour of a young woman who had been harassed in a night club, and then went back inside to finish his drink, I think most of us brushed it off as a rather charming tale of someone who is a little harder to kill than his on-screen avatars. Events in the past couple of days, however, might put that in a slightly different light.
Bean was arrested two days ago over allegations that he had made abusive phone calls and texts to his fourth ex-wife Georgina Sutcliffe, who is currently performing in London in a production of The Mouse Trap. Not to reduce the personal issues of a two people to the gut-reactions of the mass consumers of seedy celebrity gossip, but it might be high time to form a more complicated opinion of the man who launched the Stupid Ned Stark meme. Here’s how it went down, according to People:
Game of Thrones star Sean Bean was arrested Wednesday and questioned on suspicion of sending abusive text messages and making harassing phone calls to his ex-wife Georgina Sutcliffe.
A 53-year-old man attended a central London police station by appointment yesterday, where he was arrested on suspicion of harassment and bailed until a later date,” a Scotland Yard spokesman tells PEOPLE. According to police, the man was questioned but not charged.
The Daily Mirror identified the man as Bean, 53, and posted a photo of him arriving at the police station.
Bean, who played Eddard Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, married the actress Sutcliffe – his fourth wife – in 2008. They were divorced in 2010.
Bean was also arrested for assaulting Sutcliffe in 2008, a few months after the wedding. Maybe it’s just from working here and being somewhat obliged to follow these stories more intently than would otherwise be the case, but it seems like a precious few actors aren’t scumbags. I guess a silver lining is that this kind of thing isn’t as hushed up as it might once have been, and at least we’re given the choice of making a grown up decision on whether to support the work of skeezy individuals.
Thank god for Ewan McGregor and James McAvoy.