Shia LaBeouf publicly urinated at restaurant, is ‘definitely’ not on drugs

Here’s a photo of Shia LaBeouf at his Friday arraignment after his arrest for public misconduct during Broadway’s Cabaret at Studio 54. He’d been slapping audience members and fondled Alan Cumming during the audience interaction portion of the opening act. He was cuffed, dragged off, and muzzled after spitting on cops uttering homophobic slurs before promising to “f— up” their lives.

Shia posted $2500 bail and was released on his own recognizance. Details about that evening and what led up to it have leaked all weekend. Witnesses saw him acting weird on the streets of NYC that afternoon. TMZ says Shia was arguing with a homeless man over a hat. He was “whacked out” and kept telling the man, “It’s me, Shia.Page Six says Shia stole a McDonald’s bag from another (?) homeless man in Times Square: “He really wanted whatever was in that bag. He had so much focus.” At the Cabaret show, witnesses say Shia was “being lewd, grunting and yelling in a lascivious way.” Shia “fell out of his chair” and started bottle crashing during Michelle Williams’ solo. TMZ adds that Shia screamed, “Do you know who the f— I am?” when security initially confronted him.

At least Shia hasn’t issued a plagiarized apology for his behavior, but I fear for what’s to come. TMZ just updated with another story about how Shia was recently banned from a Sherman Oaks restaurant for public urination. He’s been going off the rails for awhile. A friend tells E! Online that Shia is “definitely” not on drugs but drank heavily before his Cabaret arrest. Alcohol is like dynamite for him:

While many may assume Shia LaBeouf was on drugs last night when he got into trouble at Broadway’s Cabaret, he was apparently only under the influence of alcohol.

“There were definitely no drugs involved,” says a source.

The 28-year-old Fury star was arraigned at Midtown Community Court around 10 a.m. Friday in New York City, less than 24 hours after he was escorted out of the musical, starring Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming. LaBeouf was arrested and charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, one count of criminal trespassing and one count of harassment. The Transformers star was released on his recognizance, and his next court date is scheduled for July 24.

“Drinking and Shia do not mix well,” the source said. “But he definitely wasn’t on any kind of drugs.”

Prior to attending the performance of Cabaret at Studio 54, LaBeouf was spotted at the Iguana Club, a Mexican restaurant located next to the theater in NYC, watching the World Cup. A woman who was approached by LaBeouf after he left the club told E! News that the actor said he had been drinking double margaritas and was alone.

He reportedly was given the ticket to Cabaret by a friend.

After his arraignment, LaBeouf walked to a nearby hotel while declining to talk with reporters who were following him.

A rep for the actor has declined to comment on his arrest.

[From E! Online]

I can’t tell what’s really going on with Shia. Are we to believe that he’s only an a-hole when he’s drunk? Is this more performance art? Or is he really “losing it”? Lainey reminds us that Transformers 4 opened this weekend. This is the first Transformers movie that hasn’t starred Shia.

Here’s an Instagram video taken by a bystander who watched Shia emerge from his arraignment. He seems … happy:

ABC News adds that police detected “an unpleasant body odor” from Shia. I could have told you that a long time ago. Shia’s been wearing his Fury boots everywhere because he’s so “dedicated” to the troops. He’s acting like a fool in those boots.

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  1. GeeMoney says:

    It doesn’t matter if he’s on drugs or if he’s an alcoholic… someone needs to get him some help.

  2. Ericka says:

    A lot of the times, ppl want to blame drugs or something besides the individual themselves! Sure, we can be nice and assume possible mental illness, but maybe he really is just a scumbag!

  3. Tiffany27 says:

    God forgive me, but I cracked up at the “He had so much focus” line.

  4. bluhare says:

    I’m thinking mental disorder exacerbated by alcohol and I agree he needs help. He’s heading to full on meltdown, if he isn’t there already.

  5. Sagal says:

    Alcohol IS a drug. I’m sad for him. Hope he makes it.

    • Kiddo says:

      Oops, said so below, didn’t see your post first.

    • abby says:


      The alcohol abuse has been a big problem for some time now. Remember the car accident he had while filming a few years back? He injured his arm or something at the time and was wearing a cast. Clearly the problem has steadily gotten worse but that was likely when his issues really first came under public scrutiny.
      Anyway, hard drugs or alcohol – whatever is Shia’s substance of abuse this is not new and I suspect his demons go way back to his childhood, which is usual. Shia has talked about his father’s alcohol and illicit drug abuse and attending AA with his dad as a teen. His dad was a Vietnam vet who had major PTSD (or some other disorder) and according to Shia, had violent flashbacks. Dealing with that at such an early age could not have been good for Shia.
      I just think taken all together – Shia was likely already vulnerable to substance abuse and violence (he’s had a number of incidences) and throw that together with seemingly poor coping skills, immense wealth and privilege, imo the odds are he would likely crumble under the incredible expectations (disappointment?) that came with that privilege.

      And I am not using the above to excuse Shia’s behavior. Not at all. Rather I would have *hoped* that Shia and his family/support system/his handlers would have been more wary to guard against him falling into similar substance abuse, if that is at all possible. I guess to recognize the early behaviors in order to mount an intervention. He was clearly vulnerable. Given the nature of Hollywood – the partying, the mingling at industry events, the rampant drug use and persons catering to your every wish – I guess that can be a near impossible challenge.
      Or gotten him to rehab right after that car accident, and I mean real rehab, not a spa vacation. But you cannot force rehab on someone. I mean, they may attend but are they really engaging?

      And who knows, maybe his family did try to intervene (are trying?). I mean, we saw how frustrating it was for Amanda Bynes family to finally take control of her welfare through the courts although it was clear for some time that she was off the rails. So I am hesitant to say his family/support is doing nothing. Maybe legally they simply cannot, yet.

      And Shia is an adult. These are the consequences of his choices/actions.

      Anyway, sorry I am rambling. I find this all kind of sad, not that I really like Shia – I find him a bit grating and entitled tbh – but simply sad that yet another person, despite endless resources at their disposal, is slowly being devoured by their demons.

      I hope he gets the help that he needs.

    • Reece says:

      Exactly! People separate the two because one is legal and the others are not. Alcohol is just as bad as the illegal narcotics, as nicotine, as all the prescription drugs you can get from the doctor.

      • astra says:

        I personally think alcohol is worse. I’ve been to rehab for prescription pills (opiates) and while quitting, going cold turkey, etc is terrible, you won’t die. Alcohol CAN kill you when you try and quit. It was by far the worst and the worst people there (meaning, health wise) were alcoholics. This one woman was addicted to alcohol and benzos, she had been there for 15 days and was still having seizures when most people were moved to the secondary part of treatment after about 2-5 days. Scary stuff! Hopefully Shia can get it together, I’m no expert but I think he probably does have mental issues that he is self medicating for. It just seems that way to me, but I am no professional, just been around a lot of addicts/mentally ill people.

  6. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I’ll be interested to see if he gets the level of permanent hate for the “do you know who I am” that Reese Witherspoon did, even after she apologized.

  7. bettyrose says:

    Never understood his success. Scrawny douchey unappealing white boy gets blockbuster roles and hot girls…worshipped globally by the hopelessly awkward. At least it seems to be unraveling now.

  8. Kiddo says:

    Why are people discounting the negative impact of alcohol? Serious, serious shit happens to people’s minds who drink to excess. It is a drug. You lose inhibitions.

    • Eleonor says:

      My grandad (my faher’s dad) was an alcoholic and made his wife and children life a living hell, my dad told me when as a teenager he had to go to look for him in the middle of the night, and bring him home completely drunk.
      Alcohol for some people is tough as drug.

      • BangersandMash says:

        My mom used to tell me stories about when she was a child (one of six) and every weekend my grandmother would send her and her two brothers with a wheelbarrow, to go pick up my grandfather from the pub.
        They would get there, ask some guys to put him in the wheelbarrow and would wheel him back home.

        What was more tragic about that situation was that she would tell me how sweet he was as a dad. So, so so sweet. He would wake up extra early in the morning to polish their shoes before school, and would wash their clothes for church and stuff. Do the girl’s hair and everything, which back then was very taboo for a man to do all those things.
        But the weekend was another story altogether.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Alcohol addiction is every bit as harmful as other drug addictions, and just as hard to overcome. I don’t get the “he’s not on drugs, he’s just drunk” attitude, either.

      • BangersandMash says:


        And to make things worse, it’s a legalized ‘drug’. It’s everywhere… People would look twice at you if you snorted a line, but it’s nothing suspect to see you holding a beer or whatever.

        Drug addiction is HORRIBLE, absolutely so. And the same goes for alcohol, but because it’s free for the public to consume, it is considered ‘less damaging’ or less of a threat, whereas in actual fact, it has the same horrible affects as drug addiction.

      • mystified says:

        He could also be a heavy marijuana user as evidenced by his moobs in the instagram photo.

    • T.C. says:

      We are discounting the alcohol because Shia has been an douche for years even on movie sets. Check out his old interviews. Check out his interview where he trashed Negan Fox by revealing that they had sex when she was on break from her husband before their wedding. I think he was simply protected before now by high power people like Spielberg who thought he had a lot of promise.

      • Kiddo says:

        Being a douche and being a black-out and/or addicted out of control drunk are not mutually exclusive.

        FWIW, I was responding to the narrative that it has to be mental illness when, in fact, alcohol can make people do highly erratic things. Of course you could argue that anyone with substance abuse problems has some degree of mental health issues underlying the behavior, but that’s not what I was referring to. Obviously, neither I, or anyone else, can know what the deal is for certain.

    • Tippy says:

      It’s a socially acceptable drug.

      If alcohol was just being introduced today it would be considered a Class C narcotic due to it’s detrimental effects and addictive nature.

    • nicegirl says:

      Right? Alcohol is a powerful drug. Use caution

    • (The original, not CDAN) Violet says:


      Plus my theory — speaking as someone with an alcoholic (still in denial) father and a (recently went to rehab) brother — alcoholics have a chemical imbalance that they try to self-medicate with booze, unfortunately making a bad situation worse.

      I don’t know enough about Shia’s situation to comment on whether he’s just an entitled a**hole, has substance abuse problems and/or mental health issues, but the bottom line is the guy is going off the rails and someone needs to intervene.

  9. serena says:

    I think he’s really losing it…

  10. Talie says:

    OMG, he so going to embarrass Brad Pitt on that press tour for that movie.

    • Dany says:

      this guy obviously has big problems to work out. That´s more important than promoting some movie now.

    • abby says:

      IA Dany. Shia (and his people) needs to focus on getting him serious help. The film career can be salvaged later.

      Besides, this incident certainly gives the studio behind Fury ample time to plan for contingencies by bringing in more supporting cast to promote and cutting down any promotional duties Shia is obligated to perform. They’ll work around it as other studios have in the past, when other actors suddenly were unable to carry out their responsibilities.

  11. Dany says:

    i hope someone finally helps him! Something isn´t ok with him and it hurts to look how he does this things to himself. That´s like watching the meltdown of Amanda Bynes. Just terrible!

    • Jayna says:

      When you are destroying you career doing really bizarre things and can’t see it, there’s major issues. It goes way past just douchey behavior, his usual being too cocky and full of himself. His behavior at that press conference at the movie thing where he was sitting on the panel with the other actors was so bizarre and career changing and not in a good way and then the red carpet thing. People aren’t going to touch him with a ten-foot pole with new offers for movie roles.

  12. AryaMartell says:

    Sometimes there are people in the world who are just bad and Shia is one of them. Besides, Shia refuses to see his behaviour as problematic and refuses any and all help. Hollywood and fame can exacerbate issues for sure but this is pretty obviously Shia wanting it both ways he doesn’t want to be famous unless he gets into trouble. Like I suspect the majority of the younger generation in Hollywood, he’s a narcissistic douche who has zero idea what it means to live in the real world or of the concept of cause and effect.

  13. ashley says:

    I was such a fan of shia,i can’t believe he’s behaving like this,my goodness! His behavior reminds me of amanda bynes,hope he gets help like her.

  14. Nat says:

    The fact that they say he had “extreme focus” on what was inside a McDonald’s bag, that he has separated himself from reality by thinking a homeless man new him, and the completely lewd and inappropriate conduct… not to mention the look in his eye lately… I don’t know… I really think this is more than just an entitled kid being a huge douche, and I think he has some legitimate mental problems. I’m not one to throw around armchair diagnoses but goddamn… people are saying he pulled out his own tooth … for his *method*… who does that?!

  15. renniej says:

    Stories like this are interesting at first while you still feel they are about some privileged a$$hat who’s humiliating himself. But now this story is clearly about a sick guy, and its sad, and I don’t want to be reading about it any longer. He clearly needs some real help, and I feel for him in the same way I feel for anyone else that’s sick. I don’t want to gawk at him, I just want to be able to wish him well.

    In a perfect world the only further story we’d be reading about this man is when he’s entered treatment. But its not a perfect world.

  16. Frida_K says:

    You know….there is alcoholism in my family and I, myself, do not react well to hard liquor. I finally came to the conclusion that a glass or two of wine with dinner is no problem (although I rarely even drink that–usually only if it’s a nice dinner at a restaurant) but hard liquor is just not my thing. I may have a margarita with some extra special wonderful tequila once during the summer season if I’m out with friends, not driving, and eating a large meal. But that’s it. I came to this conclusion after being a moron after drinking a few too many times in college.

    My point, though?

    I’ve never done anything like this guy. I felt really bad–ashamed, worried, and embarrassed–about the stupid things I did when I was drunk and so I thought about it and realized that I probably have a sensitivity to alcohol due to my family genetic history…and it’s probably better for me to just avoid the hard stuff. I can’t imagine doing the things that he does and not feeling ashamed, frightened, and guilty. I would have gone to rehab or something if what I’d done was half of what he’s done.

    He must be surrounded by enablers because surely someone around him could support him in sobriety…? Maybe he has an underlying mental illness and he’s self-medicating?

    He’s a jerk but a pitiable one.


  17. Sarah says:

    thank god he is not on drugs. he is only attacking police officers and publicly urinating. i was worried for him, but now im relieved.

  18. Sea Dragon says:

    I’d like to see what would happen if Shia and Lilo took the town. They’d make gossip history, I’m afraid.

  19. Luca26 says:

    We saw this with Amanda Bynes it’s a mental health issue at this point.

  20. Jaded says:

    He’s a big old bag of mess-ups – with alcohol exacerbating it all. I don’t think his douchiness is deliberate or “thought-out” at all, I think it’s escalating personality disorders and anger brought about by his unstable childhood and the impact of Hollywood that seems to happen to all child actors. Once he has too many drinks, BAM! his personal Pandora’s Box flies open and all the demons come out.

    I actually feel sorry for him because he definitely doesn’t have the reins in this situation. I hope he gets the therapy he needs to control his demons.

  21. Liz says:

    People with true mental illness such as schizophrenics can’t just stop drinking/drugging and be normal. Drinking alcohol and taking drugs is a choice. The issue is that in this country partying too much has become an excuse for a lack of coping skills. People like Shia just don’t want to deal to deal with life. It’s a choice.

    • Jaded says:

      It’s not a conscious choice he is making, it’s mental illness exacerbated by alcohol. He’s self-medicating because he can’t cope with his own reality.” This country’s partying too much” isn’t the issue, it’s mental health problems that aren’t being handled properly.

      • Holy cheese on rye bread!!! You are every addicts wet dream!!! This entitled little like stain is no better than anyone else. There are countless mentally ill people who are, without fame and money, homeless. I see them every morning holding signs begging for anything as I approach the interstate. If you want to be sympathetic for human beings, maybe these tossed away troubled people could use your sympathy. This little bitch. This entitled actor with resources the people I referenced would die for, chooses to be a disgusting excuse of a man. Yes, he chooses. You realize he played the,” I have millions, ill ruin you ” card. This bitch. Puleerrzzzzze!!! These actors and celebrities are the lowest of humanity. I’m down to be entertained. They don’t care to be helped. Lets just watch the train wreck that they are and not fret over their getting it together. Trust, they won’t.

  22. JH says:

    He doesn’t seem “happy” in that Vine- he seems mentally unstable.

  23. Marianne says:

    If its not drugs….then he has a serious drinking problem and should go to rehab. I hope he gets blacklisted in Hollywood until he can finally seek help and get a hold of his life. Then when he’s well he can start that comeback.

  24. Chris says:

    Well he’s certainly not one to Shia away from controversy.

    As an aside I’m sick of people saying he wasn’t taking drugs. He’d only been drinking. Alcohol is a drug! When are people going to get it through their thick heads?

  25. Kay so first off, he’s an actor in Hollyweird…. Drugs have absolutely been a part of his mental evolution at some point. Second, with all due respect to thespians, the type of ego manical person that feels rewarded when they entertain the masses seeking apptoval and positive response- the need for the accolades , is a highly fragile narccissitic ego that is a sure bet to fall into addiction of any substance. That type of feigning and peacocking personality is a drug dealers prime market. There are exceptions , very few.. Good publicists. Does it matter if he’s on drugs? Whatever is causing him to be a sad fraction if who he could be, doesn’t matter. His actions and who he’s become is the bottom line. To question what he is abusing is not the point. He’s another in the endless stream of over privileged, self important , “stahs” that are steadily showing us that they are modern day court gestures. Nothing more. They are not role models. Their opinions on politics are null and void ( fed to them via publicists). To put these fakes on a pedastal is a joke. When they self destruct, it’s not shocking, it’s the final act that we all love to watch. Meh…..this guy sucks. Most of them do. However, I love to read about them :) get it together asshat!

  26. spugzbunny says:

    This will probably get lost as I am a bit late to the game after the weekend! I believe meth use is associated with a strong, strange body odour and it’s unique smell is known to police who regularly deal in meth abuse. Just sayin.

  27. I Said It says:

    He is just suffering from assholism. He needs to find an ASS meeting asap. Personally, I think he’s totally freaked out on his supposed stardom and does these random acts of idiocy to get the paparazzi to lay off. He’s too immature to deal…so he gets his freak on and makes a spectacle of himself…

  28. joan says:

    This is another example of people calling someone a drunken a-hole who is actually showing lots of signs of mental problems.

    He could just be a drunken a-hole, but his behavior reeks of mental issues. Combined with alcohol, that’s extra crazy behavior.

    We know mental illness exists but when we see it we don’t identify it. Because we don’t know what it looks like and don’t ask. We just cast blame and call names.

    Which makes the rest of us a little mentally off too, doesn’t it?

  29. St says:

    Well it looks like Shia is our new Amanda Bynes. At first I wanted to say Lindsay Lohan. But Lohan is not crazy. Shia more and more reminds Britney and Amanda during their meltdowns. It’s something mental. It will end up the same. He will get in trouble few more times, then they will put him on 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold. And then say he has some mental problem and will put him on meds.

  30. luna says:

    I actually kinda like him in Transformers. I hope he’ll get help and become better.