Shia LaBeouf, notorious for his erratic, eccentric and at times violent behavior, has been accused by ex girlfriend and singer FKA Twigs of sexual assault, ‘relentless’ physical abuse and emotional manipulation
Shia LaBeouf has been sued by his ex-girlfriend, pop star FKA Twigs, over sexual assault, and emotional abuse.
LaBeouf has a well-documented history of engaging in eccentric and erratic behavior, throughout his career, making him one of the most controversial working actors in Hollywood.
According to a New York Times report, LaBeouf “abused FKA twigs physically, emotionally and mentally many times in a relationship that lasted just short of a year.”
“I’d like to be able to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency,” said FKA twigs.
In the lawsuit, Twigs mentioned an incident after Valentine’s Day, 2019, when LaBeouf “was driving recklessly… removing his seatbelt and threatening to crash unless she professed her love for him.”
He “raged at her throughout the trip, once waking her up in the middle of the night, choking her. After she begged to be let out of the car, she said he pulled over at a gas station and she took her bags from the trunk. But Mr LaBeouf followed, and assaulted her, throwing her against the car while screaming in her face, according to the suit. He then forced her back in the car.”
The lawsuit also involves Karolyn Pho, LaBeouf’s another former girlfriend, who along with Twigs alleged that “LaBeouf did not like it if they spoke to or looked at male waiters; in an interview, Ms. Barnett said she learned to keep her eyes down when men spoke to her. She also stated in the suit that Mr. LaBeouf had rules about how many times a day she had to kiss and touch him, which he enforced with constant haranguing and criticism.”
LaBeouf met FKA Twigs in 2018 while working in the former’s semi autobiographical film Honey Boy, which narrated the childhood abuse LaBeouf experienced along with his addiction and PTSD struggles.
Singer FKA Twigs alleged that the Transformers star used to keep a loaded gun by the bed and she was afraid of being mistaken as an intruder and shot at night. LaBeouf allegedly refused to let her sleep or wear clothes in bed.
“What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life. I don’t think people would ever think that it would happen to me. But I think that’s the thing. It can happen to anybody,” Twigs added.
LaBeouf responded in an email to the Times, “I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel…I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say.”