The CEO of the book publisher New Falcon Press has been arrested and charged with sex crimes against young men, in an amazing ending to the messy story of the publishing outfit.
Michael Miller, 50, ran his own basketball school from his home and his been charged with sexual battery and illegally filming young men with a concealed camera in his bathroom. Miller has denied the charges.
LAPD Det. Daniel Aguirre told the LA Times Miller was suspected of secretly filming at least four male students, but that there may be other victims. He said Miller is facing one count of sexual battery and eight counts of illegal filming.
The investigation began in November after four of Miller’s students told police that their coach summoned them, on separate occasions to his East Hollywood home, according to a search warrant. The players said they occasionally showered at Miller’s residence after basketball workouts.
The students discovered a camera filming the toilet and bath hidden inside a silver clock. The players, out-of-state students staying at a nearby residence, gave police a memory card that one player removed from the secret camera. The card contained videos that are now evidence in the case, Aguirre said.
Three of the players also alleged that Miller touched them inappropriately, according to the search warrant. The students told police that they resisted.
Miller is the biological son of Alan Miller better known as Christopher S. Hyatt. Hyatt and Georgia divorced when he was an infant, and she married Benjamin Graber who adopted Michael Miller. He and Hyatt had no contact until around 1985, when as a young adult he tracked Alan down, and shortly thereafter changed his name to Michael Miller.
Christopher S. Hyatt was the CEO of New Falcon, and after his death in 2008, the book publishing company was taken over by his son Michael Miller.
However, the take-over was shrouded in controversy. According to Hyatt’s widow Linda Miller he had no experience, background, training or interest in book publishing, metaphysics, psychology or philosophy and had never read any of the books published by New Falcon Publications, including his fathers.
While his Hyatt was dying, Miller arranged for him to sign over New Falcon to him. The signing was never contested because Hyatt’s widow Linda Miller felt it would be long and expensive to take her stepson to court. She formed “The Original Falcon Press” with Nick Tharcher.
Miller did get his paws on an impressive back catalogue of his father’s work, Israel Regardie and some Crowley titles. Christopher Hyatt, Robert Anton Wilson, Timothy Leary, Lon Milo DuQuette, OSHO and Aleister Crowley.
There were calls for New Falcon Press to be boycotted but that went no-where. There will be some in the occult community that would see the arrests and bad publicity for Miller as some much needed karma catching up with him.