Actor Shia LeBeouf speaks out about the abuse allegations brought 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 Patreon-exclusive podcast realLeBeouf, 36, didn’t name the artist — whose real name is Tahliah Barnett — but told the podcast host, “I hurt that woman,” Variety reported.
He added that he was hurting Barnett, whom he met when they were working together on his semi-autobiographical film baby boyhe “hurt a lot of other people, and many other people before that woman.”
“I was a pleasure-seeking, selfish, self-centered, dishonest, inconsiderate, fearful person,” he continued.
LaBeouf said he was “badly confused”, LaBeouf referred to his behavior as “crash and burn type s***”.
“I’ve hurt a lot of people, and I’m fully aware of that,” said the… Holes said star. “And I owe debts for the rest of my life.”
LaBeouf, who now fathers a daughter with partner Mia Goth, also shared that he has “cheated on every woman I’ve ever been with” and failed to inform sexual partners of “cold sores,” adding that he has a “long list of people I need to make amends with.”
Without using her name, he called Barnett a “saint” and said she “saved my damn life.”
“If she hadn’t intervened in my life and created the way for me to experience ego death, I would either have a very mediocre existence or I would be completely dead,” LaBeouf said. However, when the allegations first surfaced, his immediate reaction was thoughts of suicide, stating that he would “commit suicide.”
“I went and loaded a gun and sat on my table,” he said.
LaBeouf instead said he experienced “ego death” and is now looking for a greater purpose in life.
“My goal, 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 way of life,” he said. about what my life has become, and what it is now, such as what my purpose is now… I have to be useful. And when I look at this #MeToo environment, there aren’t many guys taking responsibility.”
In her 2020 interview with the New York Times, Barnett spoke 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 progress of the allegedly abusive behavior, including how to keep her eyes down when men spoke to her, and how not to wear clothes to bed. LaBeouf is also said to have kept a loaded firearm by the bed, which scared her. The lawsuit also alleges that LaBeouf knowingly gave Barnett a sexually transmitted disease.
The relationship reportedly turned physically abusive, according to the suit, according to the suit, LaBeouf “pinned her to a bed while drunk” and “headbutted her enough that she bled”.
In an interview with TSTIME this morning last year, Barnett said it’s a “miracle” that she made it 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 then I realized I needed help to get out of this relationship,” she said. “I remember after that weekend I went back to where I was staying and looked at myself in the mirror, one side of me was all black. And I was so shocked, you know?”
LeBeouf is in the news again this week due to the upcoming release of Olivia Wilde’s movie don’t worry baby, in which he was originally cast as the lead role opposite Florence Pugh. He was replaced by Harry Styles after his departure. In a recent interview with Variety, Savage suggested she parted ways with LaBeouf after determining that his acting process would not translate to a “safe, familiar environment.”
“I say this as someone who is such an admirer of his work. His process was not conducive to the ethos I demand in my productions,” Wilde said. Variety. “He has a process that in some ways seems to require a combative energy, and I personally don’t believe that is conducive to the best performance.”
In response to Wilde’s interview, LaBeouf contacted Varietythe provision with emails, text messages and video dispute Wilde’s claims that he was fired. LaBeouf provided a copy of the email he sent Wilde, stating that he knows “that the news of my resignation is attractive clickbait,” while she don’t worry baby press tour. He suggested that as a result of Barnett’s allegations, which came out after he parted ways with the film, it was beneficial for the director to appear to have fired him — which, he said, was not the case.
“My shortcomings with Twigs are fundamental and real, but they are not the story presented,” LaBeouf wrote. “But this situation with your film and my ‘firing’ will never have a court date to deal with the facts. If lies are repeated enough in public, they become truth.”
LaBeouf continued, stating, “I was never fired, Olivia. And while I fully understand how appealing it is to push that story because of the current social landscape, the social currency that comes with it. It’s not the truth.”
Yahoo Entertainment contacted representatives for LaBeouf, Barnett and Wilde, but received no response at the time of publication.