Shia LaBeouf has finally addressed the abuse allegations from British musician FKA Twigs and his subsequent career low point. Twigs filed a sexual battery lawsuit against the actor nearly two years ago, in which LaBeouf has been accused of violently attacking his ex-girlfriend and knowingly infecting her with an STD, among other accounts of physical violence, verbal abuse, and sexual battery. Twigs’ attorney Bryan Freedman has said that attempts were made to address and resolve the matter privately on the condition that LaBeouf agreed to “meaningful and consistent psychological treatment,” but that LaBeouf was unwilling to agree to seek out “appropriate help.” Freeman said the suit was filed to prevent others from suffering the abuse Twigs experienced.
Recent years have seen LaBeouf surrounded by a number of other public controversies and legal issues, with the actor being arrested again in 2020 and charged with misdemeanor battery and petty theft. A leaked video from 2015 showed him arguing with then-girlfriend Mia Goth and telling her, “This is the kind of thing that makes a person abusive,” as well as saying, “If I’d stayed there, I would have killed her,” with the two initially divorcing in 2018 before later getting back together and having a kid together. LaBeouf would meet FKA Twigs on the set of the 2019 film Honey Boy, in which she had a supporting role, and the two began dating when production wrapped, ultimately breaking up a year later, and now he’s reflecting on the troublesome details that have emerged in the time since.
LaBeouf appeared on Jon Bernthal’s Real Ones podcast on Friday, where he publicly responded to the abuse allegations for the first time. While the actor did not refer to Twigs by name, he referred to his accuser as a “saint” and said she “saved my f–ing life.” Read what LaBeouf had to say on Real Ones below:
“I hurt her. And in the process of doing that, I hurt many other people, and many other people before that woman. I was a pleasure-seeking, selfish, self-centered, dishonest, inconsiderate, fearful human being … When I think about what my life has become, and what it is now, like what my purpose is now … I need to be useful. And when I look at this #MeToo environment, there’s not a whole lot of dudes that are taking accountability. I f–ed up bad. Like crash and burn type sh–. Had she not intervened in my life and not created the avenue for me to experience ego death, I’d either have a really mediocre existence or I’d be dead in full.”
LaBeouf’s addressing of his abuse allegations and career low point bookends a week of media chaos for the actor. This past week saw reports of Olivia Wilde claiming to have fired LaBeouf from Don’t Worry Darling to maintain a “safe, trusting environment” on set, to which he then emailed various media outlets, asserting that he was not fired and quit the film himself due to lack of rehearsal time. The email included screenshots of alleged text conversations between LaBeouf and Wilde that reveal the two had met to discuss his amicable departure, as well as a video of Wilde, in which she appears to be trying to convince LaBeouf to stay on the production and expressing heartbreak about his exit from the project.
With two years behind him and the first revelations of the matter, Shia LaBeouf‘s insistance that he’s in a “much better place” may come as a promising sign in the lead up to his assault trial, which is scheduled to begin next April. Apart from Twigs and Goth, the suit also cites abuse against stylist Karolyn Pho, another former girlfriend of LaBeouf’s, who said he once pinned her to a bed and repeatedly headbutted her while drunk. LaBeouf’s position on the allegations, which has fluctuated between denial and remorse, will likely become clearer when the trial commences next spring.
Source: Real Ones