in An open letter he sent to Olivia Wilde this week– disproving her claim that she was “fired” from her film Don’t worry darling– Shia LaBeouf only mentioned former romantic partner FKA Twigs once. “My failings with Twiggs are fundamental and real, but not the narrative they present,” he wrote, presumably referring to it for a series of accusations made against him by the British musician, suing him for “sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress” during their relationship. “There is a time and a place to deal with such things,” LaBeouf wrote to Wilde, “and I am trying to navigate a delicate situation out of respect for her and the truth, hence my silence.”
In contrast, LaBeouf Twigs’ name was reportedly not mentioned at all During a new episode of Jon Bernthal’s podcast really Tonight (apparently, to break his “silence” at the aforementioned “time and place”), he referred to her as simply “that woman” instead. For example: “I hurt that woman,” he tells Bernthal during the interview, though he doesn’t seem to address many of the specific allegations against him. (LaBeouf formally denied all of Twiggs’ allegations against him In 2021(When he filed a motion to dismiss the case against her.) “And I hurt a lot of other people while doing it,” he added, according to the comments. Done in December 2020, asserting that he had been “abusive” to himself and others, “for years”. “And many others before that woman. I was a pleasure-seeking, selfish, self-centered, dishonest, inconsiderate, fearful man.”
Like Wild Letter, LaBeouf—who admitted in interviews to infidelity and not disclosing STDs to sexual partners—cites the birth of his daughter as a transformative moment for him. He goes on to call “that woman” a “saint” who “saved his life” because “had she not intervened in my life and created the opportunity for me to experience egoic death, my existence would either be normal. Or I would be completely dead. (Also LaBeouf says, As it is elsewhere this weekAfter the allegations became public, he considered suicide. “I went and loaded the gun and sat at my table.”)
LaBeouf-Who is Currently working at Abel Ferrara’s Father P.O– noted how “ego death” stemmed from his status as a member of a “gang of fuck-ups”. “I am a very public sinner, a very public wrongdoer, I think what my purpose is now, is not to…We have other examples of how to navigate something like that—going after a woman, or trying to win a court case, or going back to a weak movie, or going back at all. (Father P.O (It will debut in competition at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.)
LaBeouf now positions himself as a “billboard, living by principle.” He drew comparisons to Josh Brolin and Mel Gibson as actors who have been accused of domestic abuse in the past and then tried to make their way out of Hollywood. He also noted that he now has a “squad” of “60 friends” with whom he holds weekly Zoom meetings and bike rides so he can get feedback on his actions “in real time.”
A two-hour interview is available Bernthal’s Patreon. In a clip from the conversation made public on his InstagramBernthal (who starred alongside LaBeouf in 2014 Rage And then in 2019 Peanut Butter Falcon) weighs in, apparently trying to frame his own response to the accusations, saying, “I don’t know what it’s like to lay hands on a woman or for a woman to say I laid hands on her.” He also says that his role as LaBeouf’s friend is to make sure “you never do that again” to express support for him.
FKA Twigs made her allegations against LaBeouf in 2020. That An April 2023 court date is currently set for the case.
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