Howson A Wanted Man After Missing Court Sentencing

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March 26, 2012 | 2:16pm EST

An arrest warrant has been issued for British actor James Howson after he failed to show up in court to face allegations he racially abused his ex-girlfriend.
The 24-year-old rising star, who played Heathcliff in a 2011 movie adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic novel Wuthering Heights, pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of racially aggravated harassment after hurling a racist insult at his former partner Shakira Ramdihal.

At a court hearing in February, it emerged Howson had been sectioned for a month under the U.K.’s Mental Health Act and his sentencing was pushed back to this week.

He was discharged from a hospital in Newcastle, north west England on Thursday, but he was a no-show at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Monday, when he was due for sentencing. Presiding magistrate Angela Bradshaw subsequently issued a warrant for his arrest.