FKA Twigs Sues Shia LaBeouf, Accuses Him of 'Relentless' Abuse
FKA twigs has filed a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf, accusing him of “relentless abuse,” including sexual battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress, The New York Times reported on Friday.
FKA twigs, whose real name is Tahliah Debrett Barnett, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, and ET has seen the filing. In an interview with The New York Times, she claims that during her relationship with the 34-year-old Transformers star — which lasted about a year after the two met when she was cast in his 2019 film, Honey Boy — he would grab her to the point of bruising, isolated her from her professional team, and also knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
“I’d like to be able to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency,” she says of why she has decided to file a lawsuit.
Another one of LaBeouf’s exes, stylist Karolyn Pho, also accuses him of abusive behavior in the lawsuit, according to the report. Pho claims he once drunkenly pinned her to a bed and head-butted her, to the point where she bled.
ET has reached out to both FKA and LaBeouf’s reps for comment. LaBeouf did respond to FKA and Pho’s claims in emails to The New York Times. He wrote that “many of these allegations are not true.”
“I’m not in any position to tell anyone how my behavior made them feel,” LaBeouf also wrote. “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.”
“I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism,” he continued, noting he was in therapy and a sober member of a 12-step program. “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.”
Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that in the lawsuit, FKA says that LaBeouf first won her over with “over-the-top displays of affection,” but then claims he displayed abusive behavior such as having rules about how many times a day she had to kiss and touch him and not letting her wear clothes to bed.
The 32-year-old singer describes one alleged incident after Valentine’s Day in 2019, when she claims he drove recklessly and threatened to crash unless she professed her love for him. She alleges that after she begged to be let out of the car, he pulled over at a gas station and assaulted her, throwing her against the car while screaming at her, then forced her back in the car.
She says she eventually left LaBeouf with the help of a therapist, though it took several attempts. “He brought me so low, below myself, that the idea of leaving him and having to work myself back up just seemed impossible,” she tells the newspaper.
FKA says she didn’t go to the police for help for fear of harming her career and that she wouldn’t be taken seriously. “I just thought to myself, no one is ever going to believe me,” she says. “I’m unconventional. And I’m a person of color who is a female.”
The singer plans to donate a big part of any monetary damages she receives from the lawsuit to domestic-violence charities. “What I went through with Shia was the worst thing I’ve ever been through in the whole of my life,” she says. “I don’t think people would ever think that it would happen to me. But I think that’s the thing. It can happen to anybody.”
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