Was Shia LeBeouf Really Attacked?
Shia LaBeouf was praised last week by a New York judge for abiding by a court-ordered six-month rehab programme. But the rest of the world seems pretty annoyed with the Transformers star after he sensationally claimed he’d been raped by a stranger during his live performance art show earlier this year.
Shia’s Silent Trauma
The actor installed himself in a Los Angeles art gallery for his notorious #IAmSorry performance, which ran for five days back in February. Wearing a paper bag emblazoned with the words “I am not famous anymore” over his head, LaBeouf let visitors sit at a table opposite him and do whatever they wished. He now claims a woman attacked him on Valentine’s Day, shortly before his girlfriend, Mia Goth, was due to visit, writing to Dazed & Confused magazine: “One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me, then walked out with her lipstick smudged to her awaiting boyfriend, who I imagine was quite hurt by it. All this happened in front of hundreds of people. It was really terrible.” Shia added: “On top of that, my girl was in line to come see me because it was Valentine’s Day and I was living in the gallery sleeping in a sleeping bag for the duration of the event. We were separated for five days, no communication, so it really hurt her as well as I guess the news of it travelled through the line, she was only about 25 people back.” The troubled star continued: “When she came in she asked for an explanation and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful, the hardest part of the show, it f***ed our Valentine’s Day.”
Shia’s tale hasn’t been well received, with motormouth media pundit Piers Morgan especially vocal. The no-nonsense Brit wrote: “Shia LaBeouf’s claim to have been ‘raped’ is truly pathetic and demeans real rape victims. Grow up, you silly little man. People are actually defending Shia LaBeouf. The world’s gone mad. He’s invented a supposed ‘rape’ for cheap PR – utterly shameful.” Piers isn’t alone in questioning Shia’s portrayal of the incident, with one stating online: “A totally ludicrous story. Did he not think of screaming while being whipped for 10 minutes?” Another blasted: “Yeah, his story ain’t adding up. How did she do it to him with all those people outside? So he sat there and didn’t scream? Was he tied up? Just not adding up.”