FKA twigs Sues Shia LaBeouf for ‘Relentless’ Abuse & Sexual Battery
FKA twigs is filing a lawsuit against her ex, Shia LaBeouf.
The 32-year-old musician, born Tahliah Debrett Barnett, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the 34-year-old actor, the New York Times reported Friday (December 11).
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The lawsuit accuses Shia of sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress.
According to the lawsuit, just after Valentine’s Day in 2019, Shia was driving recklessly in a car with FKA twigs before removing his seatbelt and threatening to crash unless she professed her love for him.
They were reportedly returning from a trip to the desert where he raged at her throughout, and once woke her up and choked her. When she begged to be let out of the car, he pulled over at a gas station and she took out her bags, but he assaulted her and threw her against the car and forced her back in, according to the suit.
The lawsuit claims that he physically, emotionally and mentally abused her many times in a relationship that lasted less than a year. It also claims that he gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
She said she wishes to come forward to show how anyone, celebrity or otherwise, can be involved in an abusive relationship.
“I’d like to be able to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency,” she said.
Former girlfriend, stylist Karolyn Pho, opened up about similar allegations to the NYT, some of which are included in the lawsuit, including one incident when he reportedly drunkenly pinned her to a bed and head-butted her, enough that she bled.
Shia responded in an email on Thursday (December 10) to concerns of abuse allegations with a statement.
“I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel. I have no excuses for my alcoholism or aggression, only rationalizations. I have been abusive to myself and everyone around me for years. I have a history of hurting the people closest to me. I’m ashamed of that history and am sorry to those I hurt. There is nothing else I can really say.”
When presented with a more detailed account of the claims, he said in another email that “many of these allegations are not true,” but he owed the women “the opportunity to air their statements publicly and accept accountability for those things I have done.”
He also said he was “a sober member of a 12-step program” and in therapy.
“I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism, but I am committed to doing what I need to do to recover, and I will forever be sorry to the people that I may have harmed along the way.”
He has been arrested several times in the past on charges that have since been dismissed, including assault and disorderly conduct, according to newspaper reports and public records.
For more details regarding the lawsuit, head to NYTimes.com.
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