Shia LeBeouf is speaking out about allegations he molested FKA twigs

Actor Shia LaBeouf, 36, discusses his past behavior following abuse allegations. (Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Actor Shia LeBeouf is speaking out about the abuse allegations leveled against him by his ex-girlfriend, musician FKA twigs, which were first made public in a 2020 interview with The New York Times.

In a two-hour appearance on Jon Bernthal’s exclusive Patreon podcast ReallyLeBeouf, 36, did not name the artist – whose real name is Tahliah Barnett – but told the podcast host: “I hurt that woman.” Variety mentionted.

He added that in the process of hurting Barnett, whom he met when they worked together on his semi-autobiographical film Honey boy“he hurt a lot of other people and a lot of other people before this woman.”

“I was a pleasure-seeking, selfish, self-centered, dishonest, uncaring, fearful person,” he continued.

Saying that “it’s bad,” LaBeouf referred to his behavior as “crash and burn type of s***.”

“I hurt a lot of people and I’m fully aware of that,” he said Holes said the star. “And I’ll be in debt for the rest of my life.”

LaBeouf, who is now father to a daughter with partner Mia Goth, also shared that he has “cheated on every woman I’ve ever been with” and failed to notify sexual partners about “labial sores,” adding that he has a “Long list of people I must make amends.’

Without using her name, he referred to Barnett as a “saint” and said she “saved my life.”

“If he hadn’t intervened in my life and created the avenue for me to experience ego death, I either would have had a really mediocre existence or I would have died completely,” LaBeouf said. However, when the allegations first surfaced, his immediate reaction was suicidal thoughts, stating that he was “going to kill himself”.

“I went and loaded a gun and sat at my table,” he said.

Instead, LaBeouf said he experienced “ego death” and now seeks a greater purpose in life.

“My purpose, and I mean this with every fiber of my being, is to be instructive with my life so that I can be an advertisement, like a billboard, for a principled lifestyle,” she shared. “When I think about what my life has become and what it is now, like my purpose now… I have to be useful. And when I look at this #MeToo environment, there aren’t a lot of guys taking responsibility.”

In her 2020 interview with New York Times, Barnett opened up about the alleged abuse she suffered during her relationship with LeBeouf and revealed the lawsuit she filed against him as a result. She discussed the progression of the alleged abusive behavior, including how she had to keep her eyes down when men spoke to her and was not allowed to wear clothes to bed. LaBeouf also reportedly kept a loaded gun next to the bed, which scared her. The suit also alleges that LaBeouf knowingly gave Barnett a sexually transmitted disease.

The relationship allegedly became physically abusive, with LaBeouf allegedly “pinning her drunkenly to a bed” and “headbutting her, enough to make her bleed,” according to the suit.

In an interview with CBS This Morning Last year, Barnett said it was a “miracle” she got out of the relationship alive. She recalled one time LaBeouf attacked her at a gas station.

“He picked me up and threw me in the car and started strangling me and that’s when I knew I needed help to get out of this relationship,” she shared. “I remember after that weekend, when I got back to where I was staying and I looked at myself in the mirror, one side of me was completely black. And I was so shocked, you know?”

LeBeouf is back in the news this week due to the upcoming release of Olivia Wilde’s film Don’t worry dear, in which he was originally cast as the lead opposite Florence Pugh. He was replaced by Harry Styles after his retirement. In a recent interview with Variety, Wilde hinted that she parted ways with LaBeouf after finding that his acting process would not translate to a “safe, trustworthy environment”.

“I say this as someone who is such a fan of his work. His process was not conducive to the ethos I require in my productions,” Wilde said. Variety. “It has a process that, in some ways, seems to require a combative energy, and I personally don’t think that’s conducive to the best performances.”

In response to Wilde’s interview, LaBeouf reached out Varietyproviding emails, text messages and videos disputing Wilde’s claims that he was fired. LaBeouf provided a copy of the email he sent to Wilde, stating that he knows “that news of my firing is attractive bait” as he begins the Don’t worry dear press tour. He suggested that because of Barnett’s allegations, which came to light after he parted ways with the film, it was favorable for the director to appear to have fired him – which he said was not the case.

“My failures with Twigs are fundamental and real, but not the narrative presented,” LaBeouf wrote. “But this situation with your film and my ‘firing’ will never get a court date to face the facts. If lies are repeated enough to the public, they become truth.”

LaBeouf continued, stating “The firing never happened, Olivia. And while I fully understand the appeal of pushing this story because of the current social landscape, the social currency it brings. It’s not the truth.”

Yahoo Entertainment reached out to representatives for LaBeouf, Barnett and Wilde, but did not hear back at the time of publication.

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