FKA Twigs used to be engaged to Robert Pattinson. Their thing ended without much public drama and then shortly afterwards, Twigs began dating Shia LaBeouf. They worked together on Honey Boy, the film Shia wrote and starred in. The script was something he worked on in court-ordered rehab after an arrest in Georgia in 2017. The rehab thing is significant because there was the hope – in the industry and with Shia’s fans – that perhaps the root of his problems was simply addiction and substance abuse, and if he sorted that out, perhaps everything else would fall into place, like the stories of his treatment of women, specifically intimate partners. Shia LaBeouf was still abusing women even after he got sober. Twigs has sued him for sexual battery, assault and emotional distress.
FKA Twigs has sued her ex-boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf, accusing the actor of sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress. The musician, who filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, and the actor had dated for about one year in 2018 and 2019.
“Shia LaBeouf hurts women,” states the lawsuit, obtained by Variety. “He uses them. He abuses them, both physically and mentally. He is dangerous.”
LaBeouf once slammed the musician against a car and attempted to strangle her, according to the lawsuit, which also alleges he once pulled out a gun, telling her he had killed stray dogs, so that he could practice getting into the mindset of a killer. Variety has reached out to representatives for LaBeouf, who could not be immediately reached, as well as the plaintiff’s lawyer for additional comment.
“For too long, LaBeouf has sought to excuse his reprehensible actions as the eccentricities of a free-thinking ‘artist,’” the lawsuit states. “Even though his history of violent behavior was well-documented, many in the media have treated LaBeouf as a harmless figure of fun, which has helped enable him to perpetuate his cycle of abuse of women over the years. There is nothing funny about the exploitation of and battering of women.”
In today’s lawsuit, FKA Twigs, born Tahliah Barnett, lays out a slew of horrific allegations. The two met after working together on “Honey Boy,” and soon entered into a “tumultuous relationship,” according to the suit, which says the musician’s life became a “living nightmare” after LaBeouf had engaged in “grooming — gradually gaining Tahliah’s trust and confidence with the intent of abusing her.”
The lawsuit states that FKA Twigs is suing her ex-boyfriend to help other women, not for monetary reasons. “This action has been brought not for personal gain, but to set the record straight, and to help ensure that no more women must undergo the abuse that Shia LaBeouf has inflicted on his prior romantic partners,” according to the lawsuit. “The days in which LaBeouf can mistreat and harm women with impunity are over.”
If you go to Variety, they have a lengthy history of Shia’s run-ins with the law and the stories of his emotional and physical abuse of girlfriends/intimate partners which have run the course of his career, including Mia Goth. I’m so proud of Twigs for suing and for making this into a larger public story.
Some famous women have backed up Twigs – Olivia Wilde showed her support on social media (she briefly worked with Shia), and Sia tweeted this out.
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. Just know, if you love yourself- stay safe, stay away. https://t.co/2NNEj9w8b1
— sia (@Sia) December 13, 2020
Also I love you @FKAtwigs
This is very courageous and I'm very proud of you.
FKA Twigs Sues Ex-Boyfriend Shia LaBeouf for Sexual Battery – Variety https://t.co/qnVhrwTbjh
— sia (@Sia) December 13, 2020
Shia was seen out for a run the same day Twigs’ lawsuit became news.
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