Actor Shia LaBeouf Sued by his Musician Ex-Girlfriend, FKA Twigs, for Sexual Battery and Assault
British musician and Grammy nominee, FKA Twigs, filed a lawsuit against actor Shia LaBeouf, accusing him of emotional and physical abuse during their relationship that lasted between 2018 and 2019.
The 32-year-old singer, songwriter, and actress — FKA Twigs — filed the civil lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Twigs’ attorney, in a statement to E! News, said, “We tried to resolve this matter privately on the condition that Mr. LaBeouf agrees to receive meaningful and consistent psychological treatment. Since he was unwilling to agree to get appropriate help, Ms. Barnett filed this suit to prevent others from unknowingly suffering similar abuse by him.”
The lawsuit also accuses LaBeouf of knowingly infecting Twigs with a sexually transmitted disease. According to the suit, the singer seeks unspecified damages for alleged assault, sexual battery, and emotional distress. It also cites that LaBeouf “engaged in a continuous stream of verbal and mental abuse toward Tahliah, belittling her and berating her after the slightest perceived ‘insult.'”
The lawsuit mentions an incident that took place in February 2019, just after Valentine’s Day. According to the complaint,Twigs was in a car, with LaBeouf at the wheel, speeding towards Los Angeles. She alleges via the suit that the actor threatened to crash after removing his seat belt if she failed to profess her love. She begged him to stop and managed to exit the vehicle after he pulled over at a gas station. However, according to the complaing LaBeouf followed Twigs, assaulted her, and forced her back into the car.
The singer indicated that she decided to pursue the lawsuit publicly in order to raise awareness. “I’d like to be able to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency,” she said.
Over the past decade, LaBeouf has had several run-ins with the law for anger management, drunk driving, and disorderly conduct. He responded to the concerns highlighted by Twigs complaint through an email to The New York 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,” he said.
In another email, LaBeouf wrote, “many of the allegations are not true.” However, he acknowledged the women should have “the opportunity to air their statements publicly and accept accountability for those things I have done”.
Musician Sia tweeted on Sunday in support of Twigs, “I too have been hurt emotionally by Shia, a pathological liar, who conned me into an adulterous relationship claiming to be single. I believe he’s very sick and have compassion for him AND his victims.”
Actress Olivia Wilde shared a screenshot of the New York Times report, lending her support to Twigs. She captioned the screenshot with “Love, respect, and support,” and tagged Twigs.