Game of Thrones star Joseph Gatt appeared in Los Angeles criminal court on Monday, accused of having sexually explicit discussions online with a minor.
Sporting his shiny bald head and wearing a black shirt and brown pants, the 51-year-old British actor was seen arriving with his longtime girlfriend, actress and writer Mercy Malick.
Gatt, who played Thenn Warg in the popular HBO fantasy series, remains free on bail following his arrest on an outstanding warrant for ‘contact with a minor for a sexual offense in Los Angeles in April 2022 “.
Joseph Gatt, 51, was seen arriving at the Los Angeles courthouse on Monday with his longtime girlfriend, actress and writer Mercy Malick.
Sporting his shiny bald pate and wearing a black shirt and brown pants, the 51-year-old British actor will return to court in December after prosecutors determined “further investigation is necessary” during the hearing.
Joseph Gatt with girlfriend Mercy at “The Boys” TV Show Premiere 2019, Comic-Con International, San Diego
The Los Angeles Superior Court judge presiding over the case, Judge Enrique Monguia, said the hearing would continue Dec. 4 after prosecutor Michael Fern told him that “further investigation is necessary” for the case to be filed. The matter is progressing.
It has been 18 months since Gatt was arrested in Los Angeles and his home was raided by officers from the Juvenile Division, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, armed with a search warrant.
He was charged with “contact with a minor in furtherance of a sexual offense” and he also faces a second charge of criminal possession of an assault weapon.
He pleaded not guilty to both charges in subsequent court appearances and, although he was granted $5,000 bail, he was also prohibited from spending unsupervised time with minors, possessing pornography and using social media, except for professional purposes.
A week after his arrest, London-born Gatt – who has lived in the United States for 18 years – vehemently denied the accusations on Twitter.
“I obviously want to respond to the absolutely horrific and completely false allegations recently made against me,” he wrote.
Gatt was charged with “contact with a minor for a sexual offense” and he also faces a second charge of criminal possession of an assault weapon. He pleaded not guilty to both charges and has remained free since being granted $5,000 bail after his arrest.
One of Gatt’s most notable roles was as Thenn Warg (pictured in season 2 of the series) in the hugely popular HBO series Game Of Thrones.
“They are 100% categorically wrong and reckless.
“I have confirmed errors and misleading information in today’s press release. I am cooperating fully with the police and the LAPD to get to the bottom of this,” he continued.
“I can’t wait to clear my reputation. Thank you to all my friends and supporters who know this is false and understand that for legal reasons I cannot comment further on social media.
His raven-haired girlfriend, Mercy Malick, 51 – who wore a dark blue blouse, light brown pants and heels to court on Monday – also slammed the allegations on social media, calling them “beyond crazy.”
“So much love to everyone who has ever supported Joe and myself,” she wrote.
“Those who know us obviously know that the allegations against him are insane.”
A week after his arrest, Gatt, who was born in London and has lived in the United States for 18 years, vehemently denied the accusations on Twitter.
One of Gatt’s most notable roles was as Thenn Warg in the hugely popular HBO series Game Of Thrones.
His character was a member of the Thenn, a tribe of the Free People known for their ritual practices of self-healing and cannibalism.
After appearing in several episodes of season four in 2014, his character was killed during the Battle of Castle Black.
Gatt also starred in several hit films, including Disney’s live-action remake Dumbo, Star Trek Into Darkness and Thor.
The actor – who suffers from a condition called alopecia universalis which caused him to lose all his hair at the age of 14 – began his acting career with an appearance in the British crime series The Bill in 1999.