A shocking lawsuit filed today by musician FKA twigs alleges horrendous abuses, both physical and mental, from her relationship with actor Shia LaBeouf. FKA twigs said of her revelation of LaBeouf’s actions that “I’d like to be able to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency.”
FKA twigs – born Tahliah Debrett Barnett – details in the lawsuit how she and Shia LaBeouf met in 2018 when she was cast in the film Honey Boy, which LaBeouf wrote and starred in. FKA twigs mentions that the early days of the relationship were full of affection, which earned her trust in LaBeouf, yet at the end of this honeymoon phase came plenty of abusive actions.
In a report made by The New York Times about the lawsuit, FKA twigs said that in early 2019, Shia LaBeouf once drove them both around Los Angeles recklessly without his seatbelt, threatening to crash unless FKA twigs would say that she loved him. When FKA twigs demanded to get out of the car, LaBeouf threw her against the car, screamed in her face, then forced her back into the car. FKA twigs also claims that she once woke up to LaBeouf choking her, and said that LaBeouf knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease. The lawsuit accuses LaBeouf of “relentless abuse,” which includes sexual battery, assault, and infliction of emotional distress.
FKA twigs points out even further abuses, such as Shia LaBeouf grabbing her until she bruised, his requirements for affection throughout the day, and how he didn’t like it when she would look or talk to male waiters. FKA twigs also says that LaBeouf isolated her from her home of London, convincing her to live with him in Los Angeles. Her manager, Michael Stirton, says that the incident was an “extreme change in her personality and character,” a change which caused the release of her album Magdalene and her tour to be delayed several times.
FKA twigs’ lawsuit isn’t the first indication of Shia LaBeouf’s abusive nature in relationships. The New York Times also spoke to Karolyn Pho, another one of LaBeouf’s past girlfriends, who said that LaBeouf drunkenly pinned her to a bed once and head-butter her until she bled. A video from 2015 also shows LaBeouf arguing with actress Mia Goth, whom he was dating at the time, with LaBeouf saying, “This is the kind of thing that makes a person abusive.” Later after leaving Goth, LaBeouf says in the video, “If I’d have stayed there, I would’ve killed her.”
Shia LaBeouf has claimed that many allegations against him have been false, stating that he is currently sober and a member of a 12-step program. He also says “I am not cured of my PTSD and alcoholism,” both of which are elements central to Honey Boy. FKA twigs has said that the majority of any monetary damages she might receive from this lawsuit will be given to domestic violence charities.
In Shia LaBeouf’s Honey Boy, the actor shows how abuse at the hands of his father led him to abusive tendencies as well and alcoholism. It certainly seems that LaBeouf is continuing this cycle of abuse, especially considering multiple women and FKA twigs’ manager have also made claims against LaBeouf’s actions.