Jake Broadbent, the actor who played young Anakin Skywalker, is reported to have schizophrenia after car chase arrest.
The former child actor has been imprisoned since his involvement in the 25 mile high speed chase through Charleston, South Carolina last Wednesday.*
Broadbent’s mother, Lisa Lloyd, made a public statement to the police that her son has been battling schizophrenia since the age of 19.
She was quoted as saying that on March 26 her son arrived at her home in Indianapolis “telling her that she ruined his life”. Lisa tried to block Jake from entering her house and in response he attacked – kicking her after throwing her to the ground.
Lisa never filed charges and said that her son is not a violent person. She stated that Jake has managed his mental illness well enough with medication and treatment since his diagnosis in his late teens. She hopes that once he is released the family can get him medicated and in a stable situation once more.
Jake quit acting shortly after “The Phantom Menace”. He felt that the role caused his childhood to be a “living hell.”
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph in 2012, Jake confessed:
“Other children were really mean to me. They would make the sound of the light saber every time they saw me. It was totally mad.”
The constant stream of interviews for Star Wars promotion were a bit overwhelming for his increasingly unstable mind. As such he became extremely resentful towards the Star Wars franchise.
His bail is currently set at $10,700 at the Colleton County Detention Center which is an hours’ drive from Charleston.
*To read more on the chase – http://youthindependent.com/jake-broadbent-arrested-after-high-speed-chase/