Shia LaBeouf was arrested in Austin, Texas this past Thursday when he was in the town for their Austin City Limits music festival. Eye witnesses report that LaBeouf was heavily drunk and disobeying Police instructions. As a result he was taken to the Travis County Jail and booked for misdemeanor public intoxication.
Arrest reports indicate the incident occurred at around 7:45 PM CT outside a bar on 6th Street. A witness stated LaBeouf was “either extremely drunk or high on drugs” when he ran down the street and jaywalked in front of police. They warned him not to do it but he continued, acting bizarrely. Cops subdued him and put him in cuffs.
Another witness stated that before the arrest LaBeouf and a woman tried walking into a bar but they were denied because they were too intoxicated. LaBeouf began swearing and insulting bar staff up and then tried to physically force himself into the bar but was blocked. LaBeouf and the woman left and began walking.
This is the latest of a long long of incidents for LaBeouf dating back to February 2005, when he was arrested by police in Los Angeles and charged with assault with a deadly weapon after threatening his neighbor by driving into his car. A bystander claimed that LaBeouf “lost his cool” after he had to wait to get access to his garage while the neighbor, who was blocking his path, chatted to his girlfriend. The onlooker said: “Shia began honking his horn and yelling at the guy, but the neighbor told him to wait a minute, and carried on talking to his girlfriend. Then Shia rammed his car into the back of the other guy’s car. Words were exchanged and Shia jumped out and threatened the neighbor.” LaBeouf allegedly appeared at his neighbor’s front door hours later waving a kitchen knife. The two fought, the cops were called, and the actor was led off in handcuffs.
Early in the morning of November 4, 2007, a security guard asked LaBeouf to leave a Chicago Walgreens; after refusing to do so, LaBeouf was arrested for misdemeanor criminal trespassing. The criminal charges were dropped on December 12, 2007.
In March 2008, an arrest warrant was issued for LaBeouf, after he failed to make a court appearance. The hearing was in relation to a ticket he had received for unlawful smoking in Burbank, California, in February 2008. When neither LaBeouf nor a lawyer appeared at the court, at 8:30 a.m., a $1000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest. However, the court commissioner in California recalled this warrant on March 19, 2008, after the actor’s attorney arrived a day late to plead not guilty on LaBeouf’s behalf, and a pre-trial hearing was set for April 24, 2008. The charge was dismissed, after the actor paid a $500 fine.
At approximately 3 A.M. on July 27, 2008, LaBeouf was involved in a car crash at the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Fountain Avenue in Los Angeles. His Ford F-150 was hit from the side by a vehicle running a red light. LaBeouf had been gripping the top of the windowsill as he drove and, upon impact, the truck rolled onto his exposed left hand, crushing it. While responding to the accident, police officers smelled alcohol on LaBeouf’s breath. Because he refused a breathalyzer examination, authorities arrested LaBeouf at the scene for misdemeanor drunk driving, and his driver’s license was suspended for one year. Michael Bay, who at the time of the accident was working with LaBeouf in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, stated that LaBeouf had been drinking hours before the car accident and he had felt that, by the time the accident had occurred, the alcohol had worn off. LaBeouf had to undergo one of many hand surgeries immediately after the accident. His passenger, Isabel Lucas, and the driver and passenger in the other car all suffered only minor injuries. Due to severe damages from the accident, LaBeouf’s truck was totaled; his father keeps the vehicle at his home as a memento. Two days later, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman announced that LaBeouf was not at fault in the accident as the other driver had run a red light. LaBeouf returned to the set of the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and shooting resumed. In September of that year, LaBeouf described the car accident as being “eye-opening and terrifying.” He said that, as a result of the injuries, he had screws and plates put in his left hand; there is also scarring. A screw was placed in one of his knuckles, and he had a shaved piece of bone from his hip made into a bone for his finger. In April 2009, he stated he had undergone three hand surgeries. He said that he would regain “probably about 80-something percent” use of his hand and, while he would be able to make a fist again, “there’s a knuckle [I will] never be able to move again.” In May 2010, he said that he has “completely” regained movement in his fingers. In June 2011, in an interview in Details magazine, he claimed that he and Lucas were “philandering around” before the accident occurred.
In the early morning of February 5, 2011, he was involved in an altercation with another patron at the Mad Bull’s Tavern bar in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, which resulted in the actor getting punched in the face. Both LaBeouf and the unnamed patron were placed in handcuffs and questioned by a Los Angeles Police Department officer but later released with no arrest being made.
On June 26, 2014, LaBeouf was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespass at New York’s Studio 54 theater. He was reported to have been “acting disorderly, yelling and being loud”. He refused to leave the theater, where the musical Cabaret starring Alan Cumming was being performed, so the police were called. In the arrest report it was stated that LaBeouf spat at arresting officers. The report also details LaBeouf using a homophobic slur and swearing at arresting officers. He was arrested and held at the Midtown North police station to later appear in court.
In November 2014, LaBeouf stated that a woman “stripped [his] clothing and proceeded to rape [him]” the previous February at his Los Angeles art installation#IAMSORRY. LaBeouf’s artist collaborators, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, stated that as soon as they were aware of the incident starting to occur, they “put a stop to it.” In response to Piers Morgan’s questions on Twitter as to why the woman was not detained, Turner stated that she ran out before it was clear precisely what had happened, and that the first priority had been to ensure everybody’s safety in the gallery. When later asked whether they regretted not having a code of conduct for participants during the exhibit, Turner said, “I don’t think you need a notice on the wall saying ‘Do not murder the artist’.”
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