Actor Shia LaBeouf, increasingly scrutinized over his growing erratic behavior, was arrested for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and obstruction in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday morning, July 8. He posted a $7,000 bond to be released from jail.
A few days later, TMZ released a series of videos showing a drunken LaBeouf badmouthing the African-American police officers who were processing his arrest. He told one officer he would “go to hell” because of his skin color.
Angered at not being able to get a light for his cigarette, LaBeouf yelled at another cop: “If I had my gun I’ll blow your s*** up,” and insulted him further by saying: “You put your own kind in the f***ing pen.”
The actor posted a lengthy apology on Twitter, explaining that he was “ashamed” of his behavior.
“I have been struggling with addiction publicly for far too long, and I am actively taking steps toward securing my sobriety and hope I can be forgiven for my mistakes,” he wrote.
This is not LaBeouf’s first public apology. Once, he apologized to Alec Baldwin for leaving his Broadway show, Orphans, in 2013. After it was discovered that the apology had been plagiarized from an Esquire article, LaBeouf apologized in a live performance art installation called “#IAMSORRY.” In the exhibit, he sat in a room with a bag over his head.
LaBeouf had been previously arrested in January during an altercation in front of his “He Will Not Divide Us” webcam exhibit in New York City. The webcam was meant an anti-Trump protest that soon got taken over by pranksters and Trump supporters.
The project was supposed to last the duration of President Trump’s presidency. The HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US website states:
Open to all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the participatory performance will be live-streamed continuously for four years, or the duration of the presidency. In this way, the mantra “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” acts as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community.
When the webcam exhibit was canceled, LaBeouf set up a video feed with a white “He Will Not Divide Us” flag. First it was moved to Albuquerque. Then it was moved to an undisclosed location. Self-described “autists” at the website 4chan found the flag and replaced it with a Make America Great Again hat and an image of Pepe the Frog.
After the flag was discovered at its third home in Liverpool, LaBeouf abandoned the project.
Born in 1986, the 31-year-old actor got his first major role as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, which ran from 2000 to 2003. In 2005, he played the role of Chas Kramer in the Keanu Reeves film Constantine. Most mainstream audiences know him best for his role as Sam Witwicky in the Transformers movies.
In addition to acting, LaBeouf has created three graphic novels, two of which allegedly contained plagiarized text. In recent years, he has collaborated with British artist Luke Turner and Finnish artist Nastja Säde Rönkkö on several performance art projects, including HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US.
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